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Homeobox protein TLX3 activates miR-125b expression to promote T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

著者 Renou L , Boelle PY , Deswarte C , Spicuglia S , Benyoucef A , Calvo J , Uzan B , Belhocine M , Cieslak A , Landman-Parker J , Baruchel A , Asnafi V , Pflumio F , Ballerini P , Naguibneva I
Blood Adv.2017 May 09 ; 1(12):733-747.
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The oncogenic mechanisms driven by aberrantly expressed transcription factors in T-cell acute leukemia (T-ALL) are still elusive. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play an important role in normal development and pathologies. Here, we examined the expression of 738 miRNA species in 41 newly diagnosed pediatric T-ALLs and in human thymus-derived cells. We found that expression of 2 clustered miRNAs, miR-125b/99a, peaks in primitive T cells and is upregulated in the T leukemia homeobox 3 (TLX3)-positive subtype of T-ALL. Using loss- and gain-of-function approaches, we established functional relationships between TLX3 and miR-125b. Both TLX3 and miR-125b support in vitro cell growth and in vivo invasiveness of T-ALL. Besides, ectopic expression of TLX3 or miR-125b in human hematopoietic progenitor cells enhances production of T-cell progenitors and favors their accumulation at immature stages of T-cell development resembling the differentiation arrest observed in TLX3 T-ALL. Ectopic miR-125b also remarkably accelerated leukemia in a xenograft model, suggesting that miR125b is an important mediator of the TLX3-mediated transformation program that takes place in immature T-cell progenitors. Mechanistically, TLX3-mediated activation of miR-125b may impact T-cell differentiation in part via repression of Ets1 and CBFβ genes, 2 regulators of T-lineage. Finally, we established that TLX3 directly regulates miR-125b production through binding and transactivation of LINC00478, a long noncoding RNA gene, which is the host of miR-99a/Let-7c/miR-125b. Altogether, our results reveal an original functional link between TLX3 and oncogenic miR-125b in T-ALL development.
PMID: 29296717 [PubMed]
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