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Regulation of Trib2 by an E2F1-C/EBPalpha feedback loop in AML cell proliferation

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The loss of regulation of cell proliferation is a key event in leukemic transformation, and the oncogene Trib2 is emerging as a pivotal target of transcription factors in acute leukemias. Deregulation of the transcription factor E2F1, normally repressed by C/EBPalpha-p42, occurs in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) resulting in the perturbation of cell cycle and apoptosis, emphasizing its importance in the molecular pathogenesis of AML. Here we show that E2F family members directly regulate Trib2 in leukemic cells and identify a feedback regulatory loop for E2F1, C/EBPalpha and Trib2 in AML cell proliferation and survival. Further analyses revealed that E2F1-mediated Trib2 expression was repressed by C/EBPalpha-p42, and in normal GMP cells we detect C/EBPalpha bound to the Trib2 promoter. Pharmacological inhibition of the cell cycle or Trib2 knockdown resulted in a block in AML cell proliferation. Our work proposes a novel paradigm whereby E2F1 plays a key role in the regulation of Trib2 expression important for AML cell proliferation control. Importantly, we identify the contribution of dysregulated C/EBPalpha and E2F1 to elevated Trib2 expression and leukemic cell survival, which likely contributes to the initiation and maintenance of AML and may have significant implications for normal and malignant haematopoiesis.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBlood
Volume123
Issue number15
Pages (from-to)2389-400
ISSN0006-4971
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2014

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