Gene Summary

Gene:LCK; LCK proto-oncogene, Src family tyrosine kinase
Aliases: LSK, YT16, IMD22, p56lck, pp58lck
Summary:This gene is a member of the Src family of protein tyrosine kinases (PTKs). The encoded protein is a key signaling molecule in the selection and maturation of developing T-cells. It contains N-terminal sites for myristylation and palmitylation, a PTK domain, and SH2 and SH3 domains which are involved in mediating protein-protein interactions with phosphotyrosine-containing and proline-rich motifs, respectively. The protein localizes to the plasma membrane and pericentrosomal vesicles, and binds to cell surface receptors, including CD4 and CD8, and other signaling molecules. Multiple alternatively spliced variants, encoding the same protein, have been described. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008]
Databases:OMIM, VEGA, HGNC, Ensembl, GeneCard, Gene
Protein:tyrosine-protein kinase Lck
Source:NCBIAccessed: 06 August, 2015


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  • B-Lymphocytes
  • T-Lymphocytes, Cytotoxic
  • Phosphorylation
  • Base Sequence
  • Promoter Regions
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Neoplastic Cell Transformation
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins
  • Cell Line
  • T-Cell Leukemia
  • Tumor Markers
  • bcl-X Protein
  • Thymus Neoplasms
  • T-Cell Lymphoma
  • Gene Expression
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • beta Catenin
  • Transfection
  • Cancer Gene Expression Regulation
  • T-Lymphocytes
  • Cancer RNA
  • Lymphoma
  • Northern Blotting
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins pp60(c-src)
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Messenger RNA
  • Lymphocyte Specific Protein Tyrosine Kinase p56(lck)
  • Receptors, Tumor Necrosis Factor
  • Leukemic Gene Expression Regulation
  • ZAP-70 Protein-Tyrosine Kinase
  • Chromosome 1
  • Signal Transduction
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
  • Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis
  • Oncogenes
  • Transcription Factors
  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • Translocation
  • Immunohistochemistry
Tag cloud generated 06 August, 2015 using data from PubMed, MeSH and CancerIndex

Latest Publications: LCK (cancer-related)

Huang C, Sheng Y, Jia J, Chen L
Identification of melanoma biomarkers based on network modules by integrating the human signaling network with microarrays.
J Cancer Res Ther. 2014; 10 Suppl:C114-24 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Melanoma is a leading cause of cancer death. Thus, accurate prognostic biomarkers that will assist rational treatment planning need to be identified.
METHODS: Microarray analysis of melanoma and normal tissue samples was performed to identify differentially expressed modules (DEMs) from the signaling network and ultimately detect molecular markers to support histological examination. Network motifs were extracted from the human signaling network. Then, significant expression-correlation differential modules were identified by comparing the network module expression-correlation differential scores under normal and disease conditions using the gene expression datasets. Finally, we obtained DEMs by the Wilcoxon rank test and considered the average gene expression level in these modules as the classification features for diagnosing melanoma.
RESULTS: In total, 99 functional DEMs were identified from the signaling network and gene expression profiles. The area under the curve scores for cancer module genes, melanoma module genes, and whole network modules are 92.4%, 90.44%, and 88.45%, respectively. The classification efficiency rates for nonmodule features are 71.04% and 79.38%, which correspond to the features of cancer genes and melanoma cancer genes, respectively. Finally, we acquired six significant molecular biomarkers, namely, module 10 (CALM3, Ca 2+ , PKC, PDGFRA, phospholipase-g, PIB5PA, and phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase), module 14 (SRC, Src homology 2 domain-containing [SHC], SAM68, GIT1, transcription factor-4, CBLB, GRB2, VAV2, LCK, YES, PTCH2, downstream of tyrosine kinase [DOK], and KIT), module 16 (ELK3, p85beta, SHC, ZFYVE9, TGFBR1, TGFBR2, CITED1, SH3KBP1, HCK, DOK, and KIT), module 45 (RB, CCND3, CCNA2, CDK4, and CDK6), module 75 (PCNA, CDK4, and CCND1), and module 114 (PSD93, NMDAR, and FYN).
CONCLUSION: We explored the gene expression profile and signaling network in a global view and identified DEMs that can be used as diagnostic or prognostic markers for melanoma.

Govers C, Sebestyén Z, Roszik J, et al.
TCRs genetically linked to CD28 and CD3ε do not mispair with endogenous TCR chains and mediate enhanced T cell persistence and anti-melanoma activity.
J Immunol. 2014; 193(10):5315-26 [PubMed] Related Publications
Adoptive transfer of T cells that are gene engineered to express a defined TCR represents a feasible and promising therapy for patients with tumors. However, TCR gene therapy is hindered by the transient presence and effectiveness of transferred T cells, which are anticipated to be improved by adequate T cell costimulation. In this article, we report the identification and characterization of a novel two-chain TCR linked to CD28 and CD3ε (i.e., TCR:28ε). This modified TCR demonstrates enhanced binding of peptide-MHC and mediates enhanced T cell function following stimulation with peptide compared with wild-type TCR. Surface expression of TCR:28ε depends on the transmembrane domain of CD28, whereas T cell functions depend on the intracellular domains of both CD28 and CD3ε, with IL-2 production showing dependency on CD28:LCK binding. TCR:28ε, but not wild-type TCR, induces detectable immune synapses in primary human T cells, and such immune synapses show significantly enhanced accumulation of TCR transgenes and markers of early TCR signaling, such as phosphorylated LCK and ERK. Importantly, TCR:28ε does not show signs of off-target recognition, as evidenced by lack of TCR mispairing, as well as preserved specificity. Notably, when testing TCR:28ε in immune-competent mice, we observed a drastic increase in T cell survival, which was accompanied by regression of large melanomas with limited recurrence. Our data argue that TCR transgenes that contain CD28, and, thereby, may provide T cell costimulation in an immune-suppressive environment, represent candidate receptors to treat patients with tumors.

Duan Z, Zhang J, Ye S, et al.
A-770041 reverses paclitaxel and doxorubicin resistance in osteosarcoma cells.
BMC Cancer. 2014; 14:681 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Reversing multidrug resistance (MDR) has been an important goal for clinical and investigational oncologists. In the last few decades, significant effort has been made to search for inhibitors to reverse MDR by targeting ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters (Pgp, MRP) directly, but these efforts have achieved little clinical success. Protein kinases play important roles in many aspects of tumor cell growth and survival. Combinations of kinase inhibitors and chemotherapeutics have been observed to overcome cancer drug resistance in certain circumstances.
METHODS: We screened a kinase specific inhibitor compound library in human osteosarcoma MDR cell lines to identify inhibitors that were capable of reversing chemoresistance to doxorubicin and paclitaxel.
RESULTS: We identified 18 small molecules that significantly increase chemotherapy drug-induced cell death in human osteosarcoma MDR cell lines U-2OSMR and KHOSR2. We identified A-770041 as one of the most effective MDR reversing agents when combined with doxorubicin or paclitaxel. A-770041 is a potent Src family kinase (Lck and Src) inhibitor. Western blot analysis revealed A-770041 inhibits both Src and Lck activation and expression. Inhibition of Src expression in U-2OSMR and KHOSR2 cell lines using lentiviral shRNA also resulted in increased doxorubicin and paclitaxel drug sensitivity. A-770041 increases the intracellular drug accumulation as demonstrated by calcein AM assay.
CONCLUSIONS: These results indicate that small molecule inhibitor A-770041 may function to reverse ABCB1/Pgp-mediated chemotherapy drug resistance. Combination of Src family kinase inhibitor with regular chemotherapy drug could be clinically effective in MDR osteosarcoma.

Kobayashi CI, Takubo K, Kobayashi H, et al.
The IL-2/CD25 axis maintains distinct subsets of chronic myeloid leukemia-initiating cells.
Blood. 2014; 123(16):2540-9 [PubMed] Related Publications
Just as normal stem cells require niche cells for survival, leukemia-initiating cells (LICs) may also require niche cells for their maintenance. Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is caused by the activity of BCR-ABL, a constitutively active tyrosine kinase. CML therapy with tyrosine kinase inhibitors is highly effective; however, due to the persistence of residual LICs, it is not curative. Several factors are known to support CML LICs, but purification of LICs and a thorough understanding of their niche signals have not yet been achieved. Using a CML-like mouse model of myeloproliferative disease, we demonstrate that CML LICs can be divided into CD25(+)FcεRIα(-) Lineage marker (Lin)(-) Sca-1(+)c-Kit(+) (F(-)LSK) cells and CD25(-)F(-)LSK cells. The CD25(+)F(-)LSK cells had multilineage differentiation capacity, with a preference toward cytokine-producing mast cell commitment. Although cells interconverted between CD25(-)F(-)LSK and CD25(+)F(-)LSK status, the CD25(+)F(-)LSK cells exhibited higher LIC capacity. Our findings suggest that interleukin-2 derived from the microenvironment and CD25 expressed on CML LICs constitute a novel signaling axis. The high levels of CD25 expression in the CD34(+)CD38(-) fraction of human CML cells indicate that CD25(+) LICs constitute an "LIC-derived niche" that could be preferentially targeted in therapy for CML.

Huang KC, Yang KC, Lin H, et al.
Analysis of schizophrenia and hepatocellular carcinoma genetic network with corresponding modularity and pathways: novel insights to the immune system.
BMC Genomics. 2013; 14 Suppl 5:S10 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Schizophrenic patients show lower incidences of cancer, implicating schizophrenia may be a protective factor against cancer. To study the genetic correlation between the two diseases, a specific PPI network was constructed with candidate genes of both schizophrenia and hepatocellular carcinoma. The network, designated schizophrenia-hepatocellular carcinoma network (SHCN), was analysed and cliques were identified as potential functional modules or complexes. The findings were compared with information from pathway databases such as KEGG, Reactome, PID and ConsensusPathDB.
RESULTS: The functions of mediator genes from SHCN show immune system and cell cycle regulation have important roles in the eitology mechanism of schizophrenia. For example, the over-expressing schizophrenia candidate genes, SIRPB1, SYK and LCK, are responsible for signal transduction in cytokine production; immune responses involving IL-2 and TREM-1/DAP12 pathways are relevant for the etiology mechanism of schizophrenia. Novel treatments were proposed by searching the target genes of FDA approved drugs with genes in potential protein complexes and pathways. It was found that Vitamin A, retinoid acid and a few other immune response agents modulated by RARA and LCK genes may be potential treatments for both schizophrenia and hepatocellular carcinoma.
CONCLUSIONS: This is the first study showing specific mediator genes in the SHCN which may suppress tumors. We also show that the schizophrenic protein interactions and modulation with cancer implicates the importance of immune system for etiology of schizophrenia.

Nakahira K, Morita A, Kim NS, Yanagihara I
Phosphorylation of FOXP3 by LCK downregulates MMP9 expression and represses cell invasion.
PLoS One. 2013; 8(10):e77099 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Forkhead Box P3 (FOXP3) is a member of the forkhead/winged helix family of the transcription factors and plays an important role not only as a master gene in T-regulatory cells, but also as a tumor suppressor. In this study, we identified lymphocyte-specific protein tyrosine kinase (LCK), which correlates with cancer malignancy, as a binding partner of FOXP3. FOXP3 downregulated LCK-induced MMP9, SKP2, and VEGF-A expression. We observed that LCK phosphorylated Tyr-342 of FOXP3 by immunoprecipitation and in vitro kinase assay, and the replacement of Tyr-342 with phenylalanine (Y342F) abolished the ability to suppress MMP9 expression. Although FOXP3 decreased the invasive ability induced by LCK in MCF-7 cells, Y342F mutation in FOXP3 diminished this suppressive effect. Thus we demonstrate for the first time that LCK upregulates FOXP3 by tyrosine phosphorylation, resulting in decreased MMP9, SKP2, and VEGF-A expression, and suppressed cellular invasion. We consider that further clarification of transcriptional mechanism of FOXP3 may facilitate the development of novel therapeutic approaches to suppress cancer malignancy.

Ko KP, Kim SW, Ma SH, et al.
Dietary intake and breast cancer among carriers and noncarriers of BRCA mutations in the Korean Hereditary Breast Cancer Study.
Am J Clin Nutr. 2013; 98(6):1493-501 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Soy intake is associated with a lower risk of breast cancer. However, it is unclear whether the same reduction in risk associated with high soy intake is also applicable to familial or genetic breast cancer.
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the dietary factors among carriers and noncarriers of BRCA mutations in the Korean Hereditary Breast Cancer Study (KOHBRA).
DESIGN: The KOHBRA Study is an ongoing project composed of affected breast cancer patients and familial members of breast cancer cases with BRCA mutations. To assess the association between dietary diversity and breast cancer risk, an HR was estimated by comparing affected subjects with their familial nonaffected members. To assess the interaction between the combination of BRCA mutation and diet diversity, the case-only OR (COR) was estimated by comparing BRCA mutation carriers and noncarriers only in affected subjects.
RESULTS: Soy product intake was associated with a lower risk of breast cancer in carriers (HR: 0.39; 95% CI: 0.19, 0.79 for the highest quartile). The highest quartile of meat intake was associated with a higher risk of breast cancer regardless of BRCA mutation in carriers (HR: 1.97; 95% CI: 1.13, 3.44) and noncarriers (95% CI: 1.41; 1.12, 1.78). The associations of meat intake and soybean intake for breast cancer were more prominent in BRCA2 mutation carriers. In the analysis with only cases, the highest quartile of soy intake, but not meat intake, was associated with BRCA-related breast cancer (COR: 0.57; 95% CI: 0.36, 0.91).
CONCLUSION: Our study suggests that soy product consumption is associated with lower breast cancer risk and it had an interaction with BRCA mutation.

Balbin OA, Prensner JR, Sahu A, et al.
Reconstructing targetable pathways in lung cancer by integrating diverse omics data.
Nat Commun. 2013; 4:2617 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Global 'multi-omics' profiling of cancer cells harbours the potential for characterizing the signalling networks associated with specific oncogenes. Here we profile the transcriptome, proteome and phosphoproteome in a panel of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cell lines in order to reconstruct targetable networks associated with KRAS dependency. We develop a two-step bioinformatics strategy addressing the challenge of integrating these disparate data sets. We first define an 'abundance-score' combining transcript, protein and phospho-protein abundances to nominate differentially abundant proteins and then use the Prize Collecting Steiner Tree algorithm to identify functional sub-networks. We identify three modules centred on KRAS and MET, LCK and PAK1 and β-Catenin. We validate activation of these proteins in KRAS-dependent (KRAS-Dep) cells and perform functional studies defining LCK as a critical gene for cell proliferation in KRAS-Dep but not KRAS-independent NSCLCs. These results suggest that LCK is a potential druggable target protein in KRAS-Dep lung cancers.

Rajasekaran K, Kumar P, Schuldt KM, et al.
Signaling by Fyn-ADAP via the Carma1-Bcl-10-MAP3K7 signalosome exclusively regulates inflammatory cytokine production in NK cells.
Nat Immunol. 2013; 14(11):1127-36 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Inflammation is a critical component of the immune response. However, acute or chronic inflammation can be highly destructive. Uncontrolled inflammation forms the basis for allergy, asthma and various autoimmune disorders. Here we identified a signaling pathway that was exclusively responsible for the production of inflammatory cytokines but not for cytotoxicity. Recognition of tumor cells expressing the NK cell-activatory ligands H60 or CD137L by mouse natural killer (NK) cells led to efficient cytotoxicity and the production of inflammatory cytokines. Both of those effector functions required the kinases Lck, Fyn and PI(3)K (subunits p85α and p110δ) and the signaling protein PLC-γ2. However, a complex of Fyn and the adaptor ADAP exclusively regulated the production of inflammatory cytokines but not cytotoxicity in NK cells. That unique function of ADAP required a Carma1-Bcl-10-MAP3K7 signaling axis. Our results have identified molecules that can be targeted to regulate inflammation without compromising NK cell cytotoxicity.

Stepanenko AA, Vassetzky YS, Kavsan VM
Antagonistic functional duality of cancer genes.
Gene. 2013; 529(2):199-207 [PubMed] Related Publications
Cancer evolution is a stochastic process both at the genome and gene levels. Most of tumors contain multiple genetic subclones, evolving in either succession or in parallel, either in a linear or branching manner, with heterogeneous genome and gene alterations, extensively rewired signaling networks, and addicted to multiple oncogenes easily switching with each other during cancer progression and medical intervention. Hundreds of discovered cancer genes are classified according to whether they function in a dominant (oncogenes) or recessive (tumor suppressor genes) manner in a cancer cell. However, there are many cancer "gene-chameleons", which behave distinctly in opposite way in the different experimental settings showing antagonistic duality. In contrast to the widely accepted view that mutant NADP(+)-dependent isocitrate dehydrogenases 1/2 (IDH1/2) and associated metabolite 2-hydroxyglutarate (R)-enantiomer are intrinsically "the drivers" of tumourigenesis, mutant IDH1/2 inhibited, promoted or had no effect on cell proliferation, growth and tumorigenicity in diverse experiments. Similar behavior was evidenced for dozens of cancer genes. Gene function is dependent on genetic network, which is defined by the genome context. The overall changes in karyotype can result in alterations of the role and function of the same genes and pathways. The diverse cell lines and tumor samples have been used in experiments for proving gene tumor promoting/suppressive activity. They all display heterogeneous individual karyotypes and disturbed signaling networks. Consequently, the effect and function of gene under investigation can be opposite and versatile in cells with different genomes that may explain antagonistic duality of cancer genes and the cell type- or the cellular genetic/context-dependent response to the same protein. Antagonistic duality of cancer genes might contribute to failure of chemotherapy. Instructive examples of unexpected activity of cancer genes and "paradoxical" effects of different anticancer drugs depending on the cellular genetic context/signaling network are discussed.

Longo DL
Covert operations: cancer's many subversive tactics in overcoming host defenses.
Trans Am Clin Climatol Assoc. 2013; 124:163-73 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
In an effort to use the patient's T cells to fight his or her own cancer, we inadvertently discovered a distinctive form of tumor-induced immune suppression. T cells from tumor-bearing patients are often defective in signaling. They lack the zeta chain of the T-cell receptor and the src kinases crucial for its downstream effects including lck. They truncate the carboxy terminal of the p50 NF-kappaB transcription factor. At the population level, CD4 T cells are polarized toward the Th2 subtype and inhibitory Tregs expand. These T cells can recover after several days of culture outside of the tumor-bearing host environment. The effect is mediated by one or more factors made by the tumor given that the same T-cell defects occur in mice with tumors implanted in hollow fibers that never directly contact cells of the host. Several promising strategies may overcome these immunosuppressive effects.

De Keersmaecker K, Porcu M, Cox L, et al.
NUP214-ABL1-mediated cell proliferation in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia is dependent on the LCK kinase and various interacting proteins.
Haematologica. 2014; 99(1):85-93 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
The NUP214-ABL1 fusion protein is a constitutively active protein tyrosine kinase that is found in 6% of patients with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia and that promotes proliferation and survival of T-lymphoblasts. Although NUP214-ABL1 is sensitive to ABL1 kinase inhibitors, development of resistance to these compounds is a major clinical problem, underlining the need for additional drug targets in the sparsely studied NUP214-ABL1 signaling network. In this work, we identify and validate the SRC family kinase LCK as a protein whose activity is absolutely required for the proliferation and survival of T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells that depend on NUP214-ABL1 activity. These findings underscore the potential of SRC kinase inhibitors and of the dual ABL1/SRC kinase inhibitors dasatinib and bosutinib for the treatment of NUP214-ABL1-positive T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. In addition, we used mass spectrometry to identify protein interaction partners of NUP214-ABL1. Our results strongly support that the signaling network of NUP214-ABL1 is distinct from that previously reported for BCR-ABL1. Moreover, we found that three NUP214-ABL1-interacting proteins, MAD2L1, NUP155, and SMC4, are strictly required for the proliferation and survival of NUP214-ABL1-positive T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells. In conclusion, this work identifies LCK, MAD2L1, NUP155 and SMC4 as four new potential drug targets in NUP214-ABL1-positive T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Skrzypski M, Dziadziuszko R, Jassem E, et al.
Main histologic types of non-small-cell lung cancer differ in expression of prognosis-related genes.
Clin Lung Cancer. 2013; 14(6):666-673.e2 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: There is increasing evidence that suggests that particular histopathologic types of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) display distinct molecular characteristics. We analyzed, in lung squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and adenocarcinoma (AC), the expression of 8 genes that constitute 2 previously reported prognostic expression signatures in NSCLC.
METHODS: Fresh-frozen tumor and normal lung samples were obtained at surgery from 135 patients with stage I-III NSCLC (89 (65.9%) SCC, 46 (34.1%) AC). Expression of CSF1 (colony stimulating factor for macrophages), carbonic anhydrase 9 (CA9), epithelial growth factor receptor (EGFR), dual specificity phosphatase 6 (DUSP6), v-erb-b2 erythroblastic leukemia viral oncogene homolog 3 (ERBB3), monocyte to macrophage differentiation-associated (MMD), lymphocyte-specific protein tyrosine kinase (LCK) and signal transducer and activator of transcription 1 (STAT1) was assessed in SCC, AC, and in normal lung by quantitative reverse transcriptase - polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). Metastasis-free survival was analyzed according to the median value of gene expression in the entire NSCLC cohort and separately in SCC and AC.
RESULTS: Expression of CA9, CSF1, DUSP6, STAT1, and MMD differed between NSCLC and normal lung. EGFR was more abundant in SCC compared with AC, whereas the reverse was true for DUSP6 and ERBB3. A high expression of CSF1 correlated with shorter metastasis-free survival in the entire NSCLC group (P = .016) and in SCC (P = .049) and AC (P = .034) cohorts.
CONCLUSIONS: Several genes considered prognostic in NSCLC showed significantly different expression in SCC and AC, and thus should be analyzed separately in these 2 subtypes for their prognostic significance. CSF1 is similarly expressed in SCC and AC, and portends a poor outcome in the entire group of patients with NSCLC, and in SCC and AC when considered separately.

Bisig B, de Reyniès A, Bonnet C, et al.
CD30-positive peripheral T-cell lymphomas share molecular and phenotypic features.
Haematologica. 2013; 98(8):1250-8 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Peripheral T-cell lymphoma, not otherwise specified is a heterogeneous group of aggressive neoplasms with indistinct borders. By gene expression profiling we previously reported unsupervised clusters of peripheral T-cell lymphomas, not otherwise specified correlating with CD30 expression. In this work we extended the analysis of peripheral T-cell lymphoma molecular profiles to prototypical CD30(+) peripheral T-cell lymphomas (anaplastic large cell lymphomas), and validated mRNA expression profiles at the protein level. Existing transcriptomic datasets from peripheral T-cell lymphomas, not otherwise specified and anaplastic large cell lymphomas were reanalyzed. Twenty-one markers were selected for immunohistochemical validation on 80 peripheral T-cell lymphoma samples (not otherwise specified, CD30(+) and CD30(-); anaplastic large cell lymphomas, ALK(+) and ALK(-)), and differences between subgroups were assessed. Clinical follow-up was recorded. Compared to CD30(-) tumors, CD30(+) peripheral T-cell lymphomas, not otherwise specified were significantly enriched in ALK(-) anaplastic large cell lymphoma-related genes. By immunohistochemistry, CD30(+) peripheral T-cell lymphomas, not otherwise specified differed significantly from CD30(-) samples [down-regulated expression of T-cell receptor-associated proximal tyrosine kinases (Lck, Fyn, Itk) and of proteins involved in T-cell differentiation/activation (CD69, ICOS, CD52, NFATc2); upregulation of JunB and MUM1], while overlapping with anaplastic large cell lymphomas. CD30(-) peripheral T-cell lymphomas, not otherwise specified tended to have an inferior clinical outcome compared to the CD30(+) subgroups. In conclusion, we show molecular and phenotypic features common to CD30(+) peripheral T-cell lymphomas, and significant differences between CD30(-) and CD30(+) peripheral T-cell lymphomas, not otherwise specified, suggesting that CD30 expression might delineate two biologically distinct subgroups.

Wennemers M, Stegeman H, Bussink J, et al.
Hypoxia regulation of phosphokinases and the prognostic value of pAKT in breast cancer.
Int J Biol Markers. 2013 Apr-Jun; 28(2):151-60 [PubMed] Related Publications
Tumor hypoxia results in poor treatment response and is an indicator of poor outcome in cancer patients. TRIB3 is a hypoxia-upregulated protein involved in the ability of breast cancer cells to survive in hypoxic conditions. It is also involved in the prognosis of cancer patients, possibly by affecting several kinase-signaling pathways. We set out to establish which kinase-signaling pathways are regulated by hypoxia and whether these kinases are relevant for breast cancer prognosis. Using a phosphokinase antibody array comparing cells cultured under hypoxic conditions with those cultured during normoxia, we found that the phosphorylation status of ERK1/2, AKT, p70 S6 kinase, Lck and STAT3 was altered in both MCF7 and MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells. Using Western blotting, we found that phosphorylated AKT (pAKT) increased in hypoxic conditions. Knockdown of TRIB3 attenuated this effect of hypoxia on AKT activation. Both pAKT and TRIB3 were expressed in pimonidazole-positive, hypoxic areas of human breast cancer tumors. In breast cancer patients significantly lower 5-year disease-free survival was observed for the pAKT-positive compared to the pAKT-negative group (64.6% vs 86.1%, p=0.03). In conclusion, the phosphorylation status of AKT is increased in hypoxic conditions and TRIB3 knockdown attenuates this response. Furthermore, pAKT expression denotes a worse prognosis in breast cancer patients. The hypoxia-related activation of AKT could explain the resistance to various treatments including chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Spijkers-Hagelstein JA, Mimoso Pinhanços S, Schneider P, et al.
Src kinase-induced phosphorylation of annexin A2 mediates glucocorticoid resistance in MLL-rearranged infant acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Leukemia. 2013; 27(5):1063-71 [PubMed] Related Publications
MLL-rearranged infant acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) (<1 year of age) are frequently resistant to glucocorticoids, like prednisone and dexamethasone. As poor glucocorticoid responses are strongly associated with therapy failure, overcoming glucocorticoid resistance may be a crucial step towards improving prognosis. Unfortunately, the mechanisms underlying glucocorticoid resistance in MLL-rearranged ALL largely remain obscure. We here defined a gene signature that accurately discriminates between prednisolone-resistant and prednisolone-sensitive MLL-rearranged infant ALL patient samples, demonstrating that, among other genes, high-level ANXA2 is associated with prednisolone resistance in this type of leukemia. Further investigation demonstrated that the underlying factor of this association was the presence of Src kinase-induced phosphorylation (activation) of annexin A2, a process requiring the adapter protein p11 (encoded by human S100A10). shRNA-mediated knockdown of either ANXA2, FYN, LCK or S100A10, all led to inhibition of annexin A2 phosphorylation and resulted in marked sensitization to prednisolone. Likewise, exposure of prednisolone-resistant MLL-rearranged ALL cells to different Src kinase inhibitors exerting high specificity towards FYN and/or LCK had similar effects. In conclusion, we here present a novel mechanism of prednisolone resistance in MLL-rearranged leukemias, and propose that inhibition of annexin A2 phosphorylation embodies a therapeutic strategy for overcoming resistance to glucocorticoids in this highly aggressive type of leukemia.

Bae J, Munshi A, Li C, et al.
Heat shock protein 90 is critical for regulation of phenotype and functional activity of human T lymphocytes and NK cells.
J Immunol. 2013; 190(3):1360-71 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
The 90-kDa heat shock protein (Hsp90) has become an important therapeutic target with ongoing evaluation in a number of malignancies. Although Hsp90 inhibitors have a high therapeutic index with limited effects on normal cells, they have been described to inhibit dendritic cell function. However, its effect on human immune effector cells may have significant clinical implications, but remains unexplored. In this study, we have evaluated the effects of Hsp90 inhibition on human T lymphocyte and NK cells, including their Ag expression, activation, proliferation, and functional activities. These studies demonstrate that Hsp90 inhibition irreversibly downregulates cell surface expression of critical Ags (CD3, CD4, CD8), the costimulatory molecule (CD28, CD40L), and αβ receptors on T lymphocytes, as well as activating receptors (CD2, CD11a, CD94, NKp30, NKp44, NKp46, KARp50.3) on NK cells. Hsp90 inhibition significantly reduced CD4 protein expression on T lymphocytes at both the cell surface and intracellular level, which was shown to be associated with aberrant regulation of Src-kinase p56(Lck). Downregulation of the Ags triggered by Hsp90 inhibition on CD3(+) T lymphocytes, both in CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cell subsets, was associated with a disruption in their cellular activation, proliferation, and/or IFN-γ production, when the inhibition occurred either in activated or inactivated cells. In addition, downregulation of key activating receptors on NK cells following Hsp90 inhibition resulted in decreased cytotoxicity against tumor cells. Therefore, these observations demonstrate the need to closely monitor immune function in patients being treated with a Hsp90 inhibitor and may provide a potential therapeutic application in autoimmune diseases.

Joosten M, Seitz V, Zimmermann K, et al.
Histone acetylation and DNA demethylation of T cells result in an anaplastic large cell lymphoma-like phenotype.
Haematologica. 2013; 98(2):247-54 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
A characteristic feature of anaplastic large cell lymphoma is the significant repression of the T-cell expression program despite its T-cell origin. The reasons for this down-regulation of T-cell phenotype are still unknown. To elucidate whether epigenetic mechanisms are responsible for the loss of the T-cell phenotype, we treated anaplastic large cell lymphoma and T-cell lymphoma/leukemia cell lines (n=4, each) with epigenetic modifiers to evoke DNA demethylation and histone acetylation. Global gene expression data from treated and untreated cell lines were generated and selected, and differentially expressed genes were evaluated by real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction and western blot analysis. Additionally, histone H3 lysine 27 trimethylation was analyzed by chromatin immunoprecipitation. Combined DNA demethylation and histone acetylation of anaplastic large cell lymphoma cells was not able to reconstitute their T-cell phenotype. Instead, the same treatment induced in T cells: (i) an up-regulation of anaplastic large cell lymphoma-characteristic genes (e.g. ID2, LGALS1, c-JUN), and (ii) an almost complete extinction of their T-cell phenotype including CD3, LCK and ZAP70. In addition, suppressive trimethylation of histone H3 lysine 27 of important T-cell transcription factor genes (GATA3, LEF1, TCF1) was present in anaplastic large cell lymphoma cells, which is in line with their absence in primary tumor specimens as demonstrated by immunohistochemistry. Our data suggest that epigenetically activated suppressors (e.g. ID2) contribute to the down-regulation of the T-cell expression program in anaplastic large cell lymphoma, which is maintained by trimethylation of histone H3 lysine 27.

Porcu M, Kleppe M, Gianfelici V, et al.
Mutation of the receptor tyrosine phosphatase PTPRC (CD45) in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Blood. 2012; 119(19):4476-9 [PubMed] Related Publications
The protein tyrosine phosphatase CD45, encoded by the PTPRC gene, is well known as a regulator of B- and T-cell receptor signaling. In addition, CD45 negatively regulates JAK family kinases downstream of cytokine receptors. Here, we report the presence of CD45 inactivating mutations in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Loss-of-function mutations of CD45 were detected in combination with activating mutations in IL-7R, JAK1, or LCK, and down-regulation of CD45 expression caused increased signaling downstream of these oncoproteins. Furthermore, we demonstrate that down-regulation of CD45 expression sensitizes T cells to cytokine stimulation, as observed by increased JAK/STAT signaling, whereas overexpression of CD45 decreases cytokine-induced signaling. Taken together, our data identify a tumor suppressor role for CD45 in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

West NR, Milne K, Truong PT, et al.
Tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes predict response to anthracycline-based chemotherapy in estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Res. 2011; 13(6):R126 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
INTRODUCTION: Infiltration of breast tumors by tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) has been associated with sensitivity to anthracycline-based chemotherapy. However, it is unclear whether this is true within the estrogen receptor-alpha (ER)-negative subset of breast tumors that frequently manifest high TIL levels.
METHODS: The association of TIL with short-term and long-term clinical response to anthracycline-based therapy was assessed in two independent ER-negative breast cancer cohorts in which patients were categorized as TIL-high or TIL-low. We defined an eight-gene lymphocyte mRNA expression signature (including CD19, CD3D, CD48, GZMB, LCK, MS4A1, PRF1, and SELL) and used unsupervised hierarchical clustering to examine the association between TIL and short-term response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in a previously published cohort of ER-negative tumors (n = 113). We also examined the association between TIL and long-term chemotherapeutic efficacy in a second cohort of ER-negative tumors (n = 255) with longer than 6 years of median follow-up by using tissue microarrays and immunohistochemistry (IHC) for detection of CD3, CD8, CD4, CD20, and TIA-1.
RESULTS: In patients with ER-negative tumors treated with neoadjuvant anthracycline-based chemotherapy, pathologic complete responses (pCRs) were achieved by 23 (74%) of 31 TIL-high patients and 25 (31%) of 80 TIL-low patients (odds ratio (OR), 6.33; 95% confidence interval (CI), 2.49 to 16.08; P < 0.0001). Multivariate logistic regression with standard clinicopathologic features demonstrated that only tumor size (P = 0.037) and TIL status (P = 0.001) were independent predictors of anthracycline response. In the second cohort, adjuvant anthracycline-based therapy was associated with increased disease-free survival (DFS) only in patients with high levels of intraepithelial CD3+ TIL (P = 0.0023). In contrast, outcomes after CMF treatment (cyclophosphamide, methotrexate, and fluorouracil) showed no association with CD3 status. In both cohorts, cytotoxic T-cells were the primary TIL subtype associated with anthracycline sensitivity. Finally, TIL significantly predicted anthracycline sensitivity for both the Her2-positive and triple-negative tumor phenotypes.
CONCLUSIONS: ER-negative breast cancers with high levels of TIL have heightened sensitivity to anthracycline-based chemotherapy, as assessed by the immediate response to neoadjuvant therapy and long-term outcome following adjuvant therapy. Investigations of TIL-based predictive tests to identify patients likely to benefit from anthracycline-based treatments are warranted.

Kim Y, Kwon EK, Jeon JH, et al.
Activation of the STAT6 transcription factor in Jurkat T-cells by the herpesvirus saimiri Tip protein.
J Gen Virol. 2012; 93(Pt 2):330-40 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Herpesvirus saimiri (HVS), a T-lymphotropic monkey herpesvirus, induces fulminant T-cell lymphoma in non-natural primate hosts. In addition, it can immortalize human T-cells in vitro. HVS tyrosine kinase-interacting protein (Tip) is an essential viral gene required for T-cell transformation both in vitro and in vivo. In this study, we found that Tip interacts with the STAT6 transcription factor and induces phosphorylation of STAT6 in T-cells. The interaction with STAT6 requires the Tyr(127) residue and Lck-binding domain of Tip, which are indispensable for interleukin (IL)-2-independent T-cell transformation by HVS. It was also demonstrated that Tip induces nuclear translocation of STAT6, as well as activation of STAT6-dependent transcription in Jurkat T-cells. Interestingly, the phosphorylated STAT6 mainly colocalized with vesicles containing Tip within T-cells, but was barely detectable in the nucleus. However, nuclear translocation of phospho-STAT6 and transcriptional activation of STAT6 by IL-4 stimulation were not affected significantly in T-cells expressing Tip. Collectively, these findings suggest that the constitutive activation of STAT6 by Tip in T-cells may contribute to IL-2-independent T-cell transformation by HVS.

Satoh Y, Matsumura I, Tanaka H, et al.
C-terminal mutation of RUNX1 attenuates the DNA-damage repair response in hematopoietic stem cells.
Leukemia. 2012; 26(2):303-11 [PubMed] Related Publications
Loss-of-function mutations of RUNX1 have been found in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDSs). Although several reports have suggested roles for RUNX1 as a tumor suppressor, its precise function remains unknown. Because gene alterations of RUNX1 by themselves do not lead to the development of leukemia in mouse models, additional mutation(s) would be required for leukemia development. Here, we report that the C-terminal deletion mutant of RUNX1, RUNX1dC, attenuates DNA-damage repair responses in hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells. γH2AX foci, which indicate the presence of DNA double-strand breaks, were more abundantly accumulated in RUNX1dC-transduced lineage(-)Sca1(+)c-kit(+) (LSK) cells than in mock-transduced LSK cells both in a steady state and after γ-ray treatment. Expression profiling by real-time -PCR array revealed RUNX1dC represses the expression of Gadd45a, a sensor of DNA stress. Furthermore, bone marrow cells from MDS/AML patients harboring the RUNX1-C-terminal mutation showed significantly lower levels of GADD45A expression compared with those from MDS/AML patients with wild-type RUNX1. As for this mechanism, we found that RUNX1 directly regulates the transcription of GADD45A and that RUNX1 and p53 synergistically activate the GADD45A transcription. Together, these results suggest Gadd45a dysfunction due to RUNX1 mutations can cause additional mutation(s) required for multi-step leukemogenesis.

Zheng S, Tansey WP, Hiebert SW, Zhao Z
Integrative network analysis identifies key genes and pathways in the progression of hepatitis C virus induced hepatocellular carcinoma.
BMC Med Genomics. 2011; 4:62 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Incidence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) induced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has been increasing in the United States and Europe during recent years. Although HCV-associated HCC shares many pathological characteristics with other types of HCC, its molecular mechanisms of progression remain elusive.
METHODS: To investigate the underlying pathology, we developed a systematic approach to identify deregulated biological networks in HCC by integrating gene expression profiles with high-throughput protein-protein interaction data. We examined five stages including normal (control) liver, cirrhotic liver, dysplasia, early HCC and advanced HCC.
RESULTS: Among the five consecutive pathological stages, we identified four networks including precancerous networks (Normal-Cirrhosis and Cirrhosis-Dysplasia) and cancerous networks (Dysplasia-Early HCC, Early-Advanced HCC). We found little overlap between precancerous and cancerous networks, opposite to a substantial overlap within precancerous or cancerous networks. We further found that the hub proteins interacted with HCV proteins, suggesting direct interventions of these networks by the virus. The functional annotation of each network demonstrates a high degree of consistency with current knowledge in HCC. By assembling these functions into a module map, we could depict the stepwise biological functions that are deregulated in HCV-induced hepatocarcinogenesis. Additionally, these networks enable us to identify important genes and pathways by developmental stage, such as LCK signalling pathways in cirrhosis, MMP genes and TIMP genes in dysplastic liver, and CDC2-mediated cell cycle signalling in early and advanced HCC. CDC2 (alternative symbol CDK1), a cell cycle regulatory gene, is particularly interesting due to its topological position in temporally deregulated networks.
CONCLUSIONS: Our study uncovers a temporal spectrum of functional deregulation and prioritizes key genes and pathways in the progression of HCV induced HCC. These findings present a wealth of information for further investigation.

Hu MG, Deshpande A, Schlichting N, et al.
CDK6 kinase activity is required for thymocyte development.
Blood. 2011; 117(23):6120-31 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Cyclin-dependent kinase-6 (CDK6) is required for early thymocyte development and tumorigenesis. To mechanistically dissect the role of CDK6 in thymocyte development, we generated and analyzed mutant knock-in mice and found that mice expressing a kinase-dead Cdk6 allele (Cdk6(K43M)) had a pronounced reduction in thymocytes and hematopoietic stem cells and progenitor cells (Lin⁻Sca-1⁺c-Kit⁺ [LSK]). In contrast, mice expressing the INK4-insensitive, hyperactive Cdk6(R31C) allele displayed excess proliferation in LSK and thymocytes. However, this is countered at least in part by increased apoptosis, which may limit progenitor and thymocyte expansion in the absence of other genetic events. Our mechanistic studies demonstrate that CDK6 kinase activity contributes to Notch signaling because inactive CDK6 kinase disrupts Notch-dependent survival, proliferation, and differentiation of LSK, with concomitant alteration of Notch target gene expression, such as massive up-regulation of CD25. Further, knockout of CD25 in Cdk6(K43M) mice rescued most defects observed in young mice. These results illustrate an important role for CDK6 kinase activity in thymocyte development that operates partially through modulating Notch target gene expression. This role of CDK6 as a downstream mediator of Notch identifies CDK6 kinase activity as a potential therapeutic target in human lymphoid malignancies.

Salmond RJ, Filby A, Pirinen N, et al.
Mislocalization of Lck impairs thymocyte differentiation and can promote development of thymomas.
Blood. 2011; 117(1):108-17 [PubMed] Related Publications
T-cell development is critically dependent on the activities of the Src-family kinases p56(lck) and p59(fyn). While Lck plays a dominant role in the initiation of T-cell receptor (TCR) signaling and in thymocyte differentiation, Fyn plays a more subtle regulatory role. We sought to determine the role of intracellular localization in the differing functions of Lck and Fyn in T cells. By generating transgenic mice that express chimeric Lck-Fyn proteins, we showed that the N-terminal unique domain determines the intracellular localization and function of Lck in pre-TCR and mature αβTCR signaling in vivo. Furthermore, coexpression of a "domain-swap" Lck protein containing the Fyn unique domain with an inducible Lck transgene resulted in the development of thymomas. In contrast to previous reports of Lck-driven thymomas, tumor development was dependent on either pre-TCR or mature TCR signals, and was completely ablated when mice were crossed to a recombination activating gene 1 (Rag1)-deficient background. These data provide a mechanistic basis for the differing roles of Lck and Fyn in T-cell development, and show that intracellular localization as determined by the N-terminal unique domains is critical for Src-family kinase function in vivo.

Watanabe T, Kobunai T, Yamamoto Y, et al.
Prediction of liver metastasis after colorectal cancer using reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction analysis of 10 genes.
Eur J Cancer. 2010; 46(11):2119-26 [PubMed] Related Publications
PURPOSE: Liver metastasis is one of the major types of recurrence after surgery for colorectal cancer. Traditional methods of predicting liver metastasis are limited in their accuracy, suggesting the need to develop new predictors. We developed a 10-gene signature that is closely associated with the development of liver metastasis after colorectal cancer.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: We examined a total of 189 frozen specimens of primary colorectal cancers using both microarray and quantitative real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) analysis. Initially, we studied gene expression in colorectal cancer tissue from 160 randomly selected patients who had undergone surgical resection of colorectal cancer and evaluated the association between the level of gene expression and the occurrence of liver metastasis. We developed a gene-expression model for the prediction of liver metastasis based on the RT-PCR findings. We then used specimens from 29 other patients for validation.
RESULTS: The expression of 14 genes was correlated with liver metastasis according to both microarray and RT-PCR analysis. We constructed an accurate predictive model based on the results for 10 of these genes, which included epiregulin (EREG), amphiregulin (AREG), cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2) and lymphocyte-specific protein tyrosine kinase (LCK). The 10-gene signature was an independent predictor of liver metastasis. The model was validated in the independent set of 29 patients. The predictive accuracy of the model in a test set of patients was 86.2%.
CONCLUSION: The 10-gene signature identified in this study is closely associated with the occurrence of liver metastasis in colorectal cancer patients.

Cooper JC, Shi M, Chueh FY, et al.
Enforced SOCS1 and SOCS3 expression attenuates Lck-mediated cellular transformation.
Int J Oncol. 2010; 36(5):1201-8 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Lck is an Src family protein tyrosine kinase with predominant T cell expression. Aberrant expression or activation of Lck kinase has been reported in both lymphoid and non-lymphoid malignancies. We showed previously that the signal transduction pathway involving Janus kinase (JAK) and signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) is constitutively activated and contributes to Lck-mediated oncogenesis. Under normal physiological conditions, active STAT proteins induce the expression of suppressor of cytokine signaling (SOCS) family proteins to inhibit further JAK/STAT signaling. It is not fully understood whether and how SOCS-mediated negative feedback control is dysregulated in Lck-transformed cells. Here we report that two SOCS family members, SOCS1 and SOCS3, are not expressed in Lck-transformed LSTRA leukemia. While SOCS1 gene is silenced by DNA hypermethylation, loss of SOCS3 expression is through a mechanism independent of epigenetic silencing by DNA methylation. Furthermore, ectopic expression of SOCS1 or SOCS3 leads to reduced cell proliferation and increased apoptosis in Lck-transformed cells. This is consistent with the attenuation of Lck kinase activity by exogenous SOCS1 or SOCS3 expression. Downstream STAT5 activity is also inhibited as shown by reduced STAT5 tyrosine phosphorylation and in vitro DNA binding. All together, our data highlight the importance of silencing multiple SOCS genes in tumorigenesis and support the roles of SOCS1 and SOCS3 as tumor suppressors toward oncogenic Lck kinase.

Harr MW, Caimi PF, McColl KS, et al.
Inhibition of Lck enhances glucocorticoid sensitivity and apoptosis in lymphoid cell lines and in chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
Cell Death Differ. 2010; 17(9):1381-91 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Glucocorticoids are used as part of front-line therapy to treat lymphoid malignancy because of their remarkable ability to induce apoptosis. Yet, in T cells, glucocorticoid-induced apoptosis is readily inhibited by lymphocyte activation and signaling. We have previously shown that the Src family kinase, Lck (lymphocyte cell-specific tyrosine kinase), which is predominantly expressed in T cells, interacts with IP3 receptors to facilitate calcium signaling. Here, we discovered that dexamethasone downregulates Lck, which, in turn, suppresses lymphocyte activation by inhibiting pro-survival calcium oscillations. Moreover, stable expression of shRNAs that selectively targeted Lck or treatment with the Src inhibitor dasatinib (BMS-354825) enhanced apoptosis induction by dexamethasone. To investigate the effect of Lck inhibition in a primary leukemia model, we employed chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cells that aberrantly expressed Lck and were relatively insensitive to dexamethasone. Lck expression was correlated with resistance to dexamethasone in CLL cells, and its inhibition by dasatinib or other inhibitors markedly enhanced glucocorticoid sensitivity. Collectively, these data indicate that Lck protects cells from glucocorticoid-induced apoptosis and its inhibition enhances sensitivity to dexamethasone. Small-molecule inhibitors of Lck, such as dasatinib, may function to reverse glucocorticoid resistance in some lymphoid malignancies.

Ivanyi P, Morgan M, Piao W, et al.
Pre T-cell receptor alpha (pTalpha) expression patterns and functional analysis in human T-cell lymphoblastic leukemia.
Cell Oncol. 2010; 32(1-2):101-8 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: The pTalpha/preTCR regulates the beta-selection, a crucial T-cell developmental checkpoint, providing a most potent survival advantage to thymocytes mediated by the src-kinase p56(Lck).
METHODS: To define the relevance of pTalpha in human T-cell lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL), we analyzed in T-ALL cell lines (n=14) pTalpha and p56(Lck) mRNA and protein expression as also the tyrosine-phosphorylation. The p56(Lck) specific src-protein-tyrosine kinase inhibitor (PTK-I) PP1 was used in growth inhibition assays. IC(50) value determination, cell cycle- and apoptosis analyses were performed in T-ALL-, non-T-ALL- and murine transgenic cell lines.
RESULTS: pTalpha expression patterns were markedly different in T-ALL cell lines as compared to those reported for normal lymphoid counterparts. PP1 induced in 6/11 T-ALL cell lines a survival disadvantage resulting from a cell cycle arrest in the G(1/0) phase in thymic lymphoblastic cells and apoptosis induction in the immature cell line HSB-2, respectively. PP1 sensitive cell lines expressed the target protein p56(Lck) and showed a corresponding P-Tyr signal.
CONCLUSION: Sensitivity of thymic T-ALLs to PP1 clearly underlines the impact of pTalpha mediated proliferation in this leukemic sub-type. In addition, p56(Lck) represents also independently of pTalpha a promising therapeutical target for the src-kinase inhibitors in neoplastic lymphoid diseases.

Li J, Rix U, Fang B, et al.
A chemical and phosphoproteomic characterization of dasatinib action in lung cancer.
Nat Chem Biol. 2010; 6(4):291-9 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
We describe a strategy for comprehending signaling pathways that are active in lung cancer cells and that are targeted by dasatinib using chemical proteomics to identify direct interacting proteins combined with immunoaffinity purification of tyrosine-phosphorylated peptides corresponding to activated tyrosine kinases. We identified nearly 40 different kinase targets of dasatinib. These include SRC-family kinase (SFK) members (LYN, SRC, FYN, LCK and YES), nonreceptor tyrosine kinases (FRK, BRK and ACK) and receptor tyrosine kinases (Ephrin receptors, DDR1 and EGFR). Using quantitative phosphoproteomics, we identified peptides corresponding to autophosphorylation sites of these tyrosine kinases that are inhibited in a concentration-dependent manner by dasatinib. Using drug-resistant gatekeeper mutants, we show that SFKs (particularly SRC and FYN), as well as EGFR, are relevant targets for dasatinib action. The combined mass spectrometry-based approach described here provides a system-level view of dasatinib action in cancer cells and suggests both functional targets and a rationale for combinatorial therapeutic strategies.

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