MSI2 is required for maintaining activated myelodysplastic syndrome stem cells Journal Article


Authors: Taggart, J.; Ho, T. C.; Amin, E.; Xu, H.; Barlowe, T. S.; Perez, A. R.; Durham, B. H.; Tivnan, P.; Okabe, R.; Chow, A.; Vu, L.; Park, S. M.; Prieto, C.; Famulare, C.; Patel, M.; Lengner, C. J.; Verma, A.; Roboz, G.; Guzman, M.; Klimek, V. M.; Abdel-Wahab, O.; Leslie, C.; Nimer, S. D.; Kharas, M. G.
Article Title: MSI2 is required for maintaining activated myelodysplastic syndrome stem cells
Abstract: Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are driven by complex genetic and epigenetic alterations. The MSI2 RNA-binding protein has been demonstrated to have a role in acute myeloid leukaemia and stem cell function, but its role in MDS is unknown. Here, we demonstrate that elevated MSI2 expression correlates with poor survival in MDS. Conditional deletion of Msi2 in a mouse model of MDS results in a rapid loss of MDS haematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) and reverses the clinical features of MDS. Inversely, inducible overexpression of MSI2 drives myeloid disease progression. The MDS HSPCs remain dependent on MSI2 expression after disease initiation. Furthermore, MSI2 expression expands and maintains a more activated (G1) MDS HSPC. Gene expression profiling of HSPCs from the MSI2 MDS mice identifies a signature that correlates with poor survival in MDS patients. Overall, we identify a role for MSI2 in MDS representing a therapeutic target in this disease.
Keywords: mus
Journal Title: Nature Communications
Volume: 7
ISSN: 2041-1723
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group  
Date Published: 2016-02-22
Start Page: 10739
Language: English
DOI: 10.1038/ncomms10739
PROVIDER: scopus
PMCID: PMC4764878
PUBMED: 26898884
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Notes: Article -- Export Date: 4 April 2016 -- Source: Scopus
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MSK Authors
  1. Virginia Klimek
    107 Klimek
  2. Haiming Xu
    18 Xu
  3. Christina Leslie
    107 Leslie
  4. Ly P Vu
    28 Vu
  5. Minal A Patel
    32 Patel
  6. Patrick Edward Tivnan
    10 Tivnan
  7. Michael Kharas
    45 Kharas
  8. Sun Mi Park
    13 Park
  9. Trevor Stephen Barlowe
    11 Barlowe
  10. Alexandar Reinaldo Perez
    9 Perez
  11. Benjamin Heath Durham
    60 Durham
  12. Tzu Chieh   Ho
    5 Ho
  13. Rachel Owens Okabe
    2 Okabe
  14. Arthur W Chow
    10 Chow
  15. Camila Prieto
    3 Prieto