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Protein phosphatase, Mg2+/Mn2+-dependent 1D (PPM1D) mutations in haematological cancer

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Until recently, the protein phosphatase, Mg2+/Mn2+-dependent 1D (PPM1D) gene had not been examined in haematological cancer, but several studies have now explored the functional role of this gene and its aberrations. It is often mutated in the context of clonal haemopoiesis (including in patients with lymphoma, myeloproliferative neoplasms and myelodysplastic syndrome) and mutations have been associated with exposure to cytotoxic and radiation therapy, development of therapy-related neoplasms and inferior survival. The vast majority of PPM1D mutations found in haematopoietic cells are of the nonsense or frameshift type and located within terminal exon 6. These genetic defects are rarely found in the blood of healthy individuals. PPM1D encodes the PPM1D phosphatase [also named wild-type p53-induced phosphatase 1 (WIP1)], which negatively regulates signalling molecules within the DNA damage response pathway, including tumour suppressor p53. Clonal expansion of PPM1D mutant haematopoietic cells can potentially be prevented with inhibitors; however, human trials are awaited. In the present review, we provide a review of the literature regarding PPM1D and its role in haematological cancer.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Haematology
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)697-705
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021

    Research areas

  • clonal haematopoiesis, clonal haemopoiesis, haematopoietic stem cells, Protein phosphatase Mg2+/Mn2+-dependent 1D (PPM1D), therapy-related myeloid neoplasms

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