Expression of aberrantly spliced oncogenic Ikaros isoforms in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia
Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic
Precursor Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Lymphoma
Our findings link specific molecular defects involving the Ikaros gene to childhood ALL. Posttranscriptional regulation of alternative splicing of Ikaros RNA seems to be defective in leukemic lymphocyte precursors from most children with ALL. Consequently, leukemic cells from ALL patients, in contrast to normal lymphocyte precursors, express high levels of non-DNA-binding Ikaros isoforms that are reminiscent of the non-DNA-binding Ikaros isoforms that lead to lymphoblastic leukemia in mice.