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Overview

Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is a B-cell lymphoma recognised in the Revised European-American Classification of Lymphoid Neoplasms (REAL) classification, 1994. MCL accounts for about 5% of adult non-Hodgkin lymphomas in the United States and Europe. It is characterised by a t(11;14)(q13;q32) translocation which juxtaposes the bcl-1 locus to the immunoglobulin (Ig) gene sequences and leads to deregulation of cyclin D1. Deletion of the ATM gene (11q22) is frequent in MCL.

Literature Analysis

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  • Validation Studies as Topic
  • Neprilysin
  • ATM
  • Gene Deletion
  • Proportional Hazards Models
  • Oncogene Fusion Proteins
  • Mutation
  • Recurrence
  • Mantle-Cell Lymphoma
  • MLL2
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases
  • Triterpenes
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Protein Kinase Inhibitors
  • Chromosome Deletion
  • Immunophenotyping
  • Cell Cycle Proteins
  • Tumor Suppressor Proteins
  • Trisomy
  • EZH2
  • Base Sequence
  • Immunoglobulin Heavy Chains
  • Chromosome 14
  • BIRC3
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • CCND2
  • Chromosome Aberrations
  • Cyclin D1
  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • Messenger RNA
  • Chromosome 11
  • Cancer DNA
  • p53 Protein
  • FISH
  • Translocation
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis
  • Cancer Gene Expression Regulation
  • Survival Rate
  • beta 2-Microglobulin
  • B-Lymphocytes
  • CCND1
  • Apoptosis
  • VDJ Recombinases
  • Karyotyping
  • Immunohistochemistry
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Mutated Genes and Abnormal Protein Expression (11)

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GeneLocationAliasesNotesTopicPapers
CCND1 11q13 BCL1, PRAD1, U21B31, D11S287E Translocation
-t(11;14)(q13;q32) in Mantle Cell Lymphoma
-CCND1 mutations in Mantle Cell Lymphoma
495
IGH 14q32.33 IGD1, IGH@, IGHJ, IGHV, IGHD@, IGHJ@, IGHV@, IGH.1@, IGHDY1 Translocation
-t(11;14)(q13;q32) in Mantle Cell Lymphoma
-IGH and Mantle-Cell Lymphoma
380
ATM 11q22-q23 AT1, ATA, ATC, ATD, ATE, ATDC, TEL1, TELO1 GWAS
-ATM deletions in Mantle-Cell Lymphoma
43
TP53 17p13.1 P53, BCC7, LFS1, TRP53 GWAS
-TP53 mutations in Mantle Cell Lymphoma
32
SOX11 2p25 MRD27 Overexpression
Prognostic
-SOX11 and Mantle-Cell Lymphoma
24
CCND2 12p13 MPPH3, KIAK0002 -CCND2 and Mantle-Cell Lymphoma
14
CCND3 6p21 -CCND3 and Mantle-Cell Lymphoma
9
EZH2 7q35-q36 WVS, ENX1, EZH1, KMT6, WVS2, ENX-1, EZH2b, KMT6A Overexpression
Prognostic
Epigenetics
-EZH2 overexpression in Mantel Cell Lymphoma
3
KMT2D 12q13.12 ALR, KMS, MLL2, MLL4, AAD10, KABUK1, TNRC21, CAGL114 GWAS
-MLL2 mutations in Mantle cell lymphoma
2
BIRC3 11q22 AIP1, API2, MIHC, CIAP2, HAIP1, HIAP1, MALT2, RNF49, c-IAP2 GWAS
-BIRC3 mutation in Mantle Cell Lymphoma
2
WHSC1 4p16.3 WHS, NSD2, TRX5, MMSET, REIIBP GWAS
-WHSC1 mutations in Mantle Cell Lymphoma
2

Note: list is not exhaustive. Number of papers are based on searches of PubMed (click on topic title for arbitrary criteria used).

GWAS - Genome Wide Association Study(s):
Beà S et al. Landscape of somatic mutations and clonal evolution in mantle cell lymphoma. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013;110(45):18250-5


Recurrent Structural Abnormalities

Selected list of common recurrent structural abnormalities

Abnormality Type Gene(s)
t(11;14)(q13;q32) in Mantle Cell LymphomaTranslocationCCND1 (11q13)IGH (14q32.33)

This is a highly selective list aiming to capture structural abnormalies which are frequesnt and/or significant in relation to diagnosis, prognosis, and/or characterising specific cancers. For a much more extensive list see the Mitelman Database of Chromosome Aberrations and Gene Fusions in Cancer.


Latest Publications

van der Velden VH, Hoogeveen PG, de Ridder D, et al.
B-cell prolymphocytic leukemia: a specific subgroup of mantle cell lymphoma.
Blood. 2014; 124(3):412-9 [PubMed] Related Publications
B-cell prolymphocytic leukemia (B-PLL) is a rare mature B-cell malignancy that may be hard to distinguish from mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). B-PLL cases with a t(11;14) were redefined as MCL in the World Health Organization 2008 classification. We evaluated 13 B-PLL patients [7 being t(11;14)-positive (B-PLL+) and 6 negative (B-PLL-)] and compared them with MCL and CLL patients. EuroFlow-based immunophenotyping showed significant overlap between B-PLL+ and B-PLL-, as well as between B-PLL and MCL, whereas CLL clustered separately. Immunogenotyping showed specific IGHV gene usage partly resembling MCL. Gene expression profiling showed no separation between B-PLL+ and B-PLL- but identified 3 subgroups. One B-PLL subgroup clustered close to CLL and another subgroup clustered with leukemic MCL; both were associated with prolonged survival. A third subgroup clustered close to nodal MCL and was associated with short survival. Gene expression profiles of both B-PLL+ and B-PLL- showed best resemblance with normal immunoglobulin M-only B-cells. Our data confirm that B-PLL+ is highly comparable to MCL, indicate that B-PLL- also may be considered as a specific subgroup of MCL, and suggest that B-PLL is part of a spectrum, ranging from CLL-like B-PLL, to leukemic MCL-like B-PLL, to nodal MCL-like B-PLL.

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Simonsen AT, Sørensen CD, Ebbesen LH, et al.
SOX11 as a minimal residual disease marker for Mantle cell lymphoma.
Leuk Res. 2014; 38(8):918-24 [PubMed] Related Publications
Recent studies have identified SOX11 as a novel diagnostic marker for mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). We quantified SOX11 by a truly mRNA specific qPCR assay in longitudinal peripheral blood samples from 20 patients and evidenced a close relationship of SOX11 expression and clinical status of the patients. In eight patient courses we validated the expression of SOX11 using t(11;14) and demonstrated positive correlation of SOX11 and t(11;14) levels. To the best of our knowledge this is the first report stating that quantification of SOX11 can be used as an minimal residual disease marker equal to the key translocation t(11;14) in MCL.

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Klanova M, Soukup T, Jaksa R, et al.
Mouse models of mantle cell lymphoma, complex changes in gene expression and phenotype of engrafted MCL cells: implications for preclinical research.
Lab Invest. 2014; 94(7):806-17 [PubMed] Related Publications
Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is an aggressive type of B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) associated with poor prognosis. Animal models of MCL are scarce. We established and characterized various in vivo models of metastatic human MCL by tail vein injection of either primary cells isolated from patients with MCL or established MCL cell lines (Jeko-1, Mino, Rec-1, Hbl-2, and Granta-519) into immunodeficient NOD.Cg-Prkdc(scid) Il2rg(tm1Wjl)/SzJ mice. MCL infiltration was assessed with immunohistochemistry (tissues) and flow cytometry (peripheral blood). Engraftment of primary MCL cells was observed in 7 out of 12 patient samples. The pattern of engraftment of primary MCL cells varied from isolated involvement of the spleen to multiorgan infiltration. On the other hand, tumor engraftment was achieved in all five MCL cell lines used and lymphoma involvement of murine bone marrow, spleen, liver, and brain was observed. Overall survival of xenografted mice ranged from 22 ± 1 to 54 ± 3 days depending on the cell line used. Subsequently, we compared the gene expression profile (GEP) and phenotype of the engrafted MCL cells compared with the original in vitro growing cell lines (controls). We demonstrated that engrafted MCL cells displayed complex changes of GEP, protein expression, and sensitivity to cytotoxic agents when compared with controls. We further demonstrated that our MCL mouse models could be used to test the therapeutic activity of systemic chemotherapy, monoclonal antibodies, or angiogenesis inhibitors. The characterization of MCL murine models is likely to aid in improving our knowledge in the disease biology and to assist scientists in the preclinical and clinical development of novel agents in relapsed/refractory MCL patients.


Yoshimura M, Ishizawa J, Ruvolo V, et al.
Induction of p53-mediated transcription and apoptosis by exportin-1 (XPO1) inhibition in mantle cell lymphoma.
Cancer Sci. 2014; 105(7):795-801 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 01/07/2015 Related Publications
The nuclear transporter exportin-1 (XPO1) is highly expressed in mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) cells, and is believed to be associated with the pathogenesis of this disease. XPO1-selective inhibitors of nuclear export (SINE) compounds have been shown to induce apoptosis in MCL cells. Given that p53 is a cargo protein of XPO1, we sought to determine the significance of p53 activation through XPO1 inhibition in SINE-induced apoptosis of MCL cells. We investigated the prognostic impact of XPO1 expression in MCL cells using Oncomine analysis. The significance of p53 mutational/functional status on sensitivity to XPO1 inhibition in cell models and primary MCL samples, and the functional role of p53-mediated apoptosis signaling, were also examined. Increased XPO1 expression was associated with poor prognosis in MCL patients. The XPO1 inhibitor KPT-185 induced apoptosis in MCL cells through p53-dependent and -independent mechanisms, and p53 status was a critical determinant of its apoptosis induction. The KPT-185-induced, p53-mediated apoptosis in the MCL cells occurred in a transcription-dependent manner. Exportin-1 appears to influence patient survival in MCL, and the SINE XPO1 antagonist KPT-185 effectively activates p53-mediated transcription and apoptosis, which would provide a novel strategy for the therapy of MCL.

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Juskevicius D, Ruiz C, Dirnhofer S, Tzankov A
Clinical, morphologic, phenotypic, and genetic evidence of cyclin D1-positive diffuse large B-cell lymphomas with CYCLIN D1 gene rearrangements.
Am J Surg Pathol. 2014; 38(5):719-27 [PubMed] Related Publications
Overexpression of cyclin D1 in diffuse large B-cell lymphomas (DLBCLs) is observable in about 5% of cases and is linked to gains of additional CYCLIN D1 gene copies or deregulation at the mRNA level. All cyclin D1-positive DLBCL cases reported so far lack the canonical t(11;14)(q13;q32) translocation that is a genetic hallmark and the primary cause of cyclin D1 overexpression in mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). Using standard histologic and genetic techniques, complemented with genome-wide aberration analysis by array comparative genomic hybridization, we characterized 2 exceptional cases of blastoid B-cell lymphomas with cyclin D1 overexpression, both bearing genetic rearrangements in the CYCLIN D1 gene locus. One of them had a t(11;14)(q13;q32) translocation and featured morphology, immunophenotype, and genetic copy number aberrations typical of DLBCL. The second case had a complex t(4;11;14) translocation, but the other features were intermediate between DLBCL and MCL and did not allow unambiguous classification in any of the current diagnostic lymphoma categories. On the basis of these findings, we conclude that detection of t(11;14) should not preclude a diagnosis of cyclin D1-positive DLBCL when all other parameters are in agreement with such a diagnosis. Moreover, a yet unacknowledged diagnostic "gray zone" may exist between DLBCL and MCL.

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de Oliveira FM, Rodrigues-Alves AP, Lucena-Araújo AR, et al.
Mantle cell lymphoma harboring Burkitt's-like translocations presents differential expression of aurora kinase genes compared with others 8q abnormalities.
Med Oncol. 2014; 31(5):931 [PubMed] Related Publications
We compared the levels of AURKA and AURKB in 24 (mantle cell lymphoma) MCL patients harboring 8q abnormalities and its relationship with MYCC gene status. Two distinct subgroups were observed, in terms of MYCC expression. Except for the patients with Burkitt's-like translocation, none of the patients harboring 8q abnormalities, including balanced translocations or duplications of MYCC band, identified both by G-banding and SKY, showed differential expression levels of MYCC. These previous findings also reflected in the differential expression of AURKA and AURKB genes. We found that AURKA and AURKB mRNA were expressed at significantly higher levels in MCL patients harboring Burkitt's-like translocation, when compared to patients with 8q rearrangements. The high expression of aurora kinase genes is reported to be associated with some parameters of clinical oncologic aggressiveness, such as high histological grade, invasion and increased rates of metastasis in several types of cancers. It is possible that in MCL patients expressing abnormal levels of MYCC together with a high expression of AURKA might offer some resistant to the conventional therapy purposes. Thus, aurora kinase inhibitors may also be considered for this specific subgroup on MCL, whose aggressive clinical course resembles high-grade lymphoma.

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Zhang J, Jima D, Moffitt AB, et al.
The genomic landscape of mantle cell lymphoma is related to the epigenetically determined chromatin state of normal B cells.
Blood. 2014; 123(19):2988-96 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 08/05/2015 Related Publications
In this study, we define the genetic landscape of mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) through exome sequencing of 56 cases of MCL. We identified recurrent mutations in ATM, CCND1, MLL2, and TP53. We further identified a number of novel genes recurrently mutated in patients with MCL including RB1, WHSC1, POT1, and SMARCA4. We noted that MCLs have a distinct mutational profile compared with lymphomas from other B-cell stages. The ENCODE project has defined the chromatin structure of many cell types. However, a similar characterization of primary human mature B cells has been lacking. We defined, for the first time, the chromatin structure of primary human naïve, germinal center, and memory B cells through chromatin immunoprecipitation and sequencing for H3K4me1, H3K4me3, H3Ac, H3K36me3, H3K27me3, and PolII. We found that somatic mutations that occur more frequently in either MCLs or Burkitt lymphomas were associated with open chromatin in their respective B cells of origin, naïve B cells, and germinal center B cells. Our work thus elucidates the landscape of gene-coding mutations in MCL and the critical interplay between epigenetic alterations associated with B-cell differentiation and the acquisition of somatic mutations in cancer.

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Beà S
Cyclin D1 transcriptional activation in MCL.
Blood. 2014; 123(13):1979-80 [PubMed] Related Publications
In this issue of Blood, Allinne et al propose the nucleolin-dependent activation of the translocated CCND1 allele in mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) because of its relocalization to a transcriptionally favorable area in the perinucleolar region.


Ok CY, Xu-Monette ZY, Tzankov A, et al.
Prevalence and clinical implications of cyclin D1 expression in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) treated with immunochemotherapy: a report from the International DLBCL Rituximab-CHOP Consortium Program.
Cancer. 2014; 120(12):1818-29 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Cyclin D1 expression has been reported in a subset of patients with diffuse large B-cell leukemia (DLBCL), but studies have been few and generally small, and they have demonstrated no obvious clinical implications attributable to cyclin D1 expression.
METHODS: The authors reviewed 1435 patients who were diagnosed with DLBCL as part of the International DLBCL rituximab with cyclophosphamide, hydroxydaunorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone (R-CHOP) Consortium Program and performed clinical, immunohistochemical, and genetic analyses with a focus on cyclin D1. All patients who were cyclin D1-positive according to immunohistochemistry were also assessed for rearrangements of the cyclin D1 gene (CCND1) using fluorescence in situ hybridization. Gene expression profiling was performed to compare patients who had DLBCL with and without cyclin D1 expression.
RESULTS: In total, 30 patients (2.1%) who had DLBCL that expressed cyclin D1 and lacked CCND1 gene rearrangements were identified. Patients with cyclin D1-positive DLBCL had a median age of 57 years (range, 16.0-82.6 years). There were 23 males and 7 females. Twelve patients (40%) had bulky disease. None of them expressed CD5. Two patients expressed cyclin D2. Gene expression profiling indicated that 17 tumors were of the germinal center type, and 13 were of the activated B-cell type. Genetic aberrations of B-cell leukemia/lymphoma 2 (BCL2), BCL6, v-myc avian myelocytomatosis viral oncogene homolog (MYC), mouse double minute 2 oncogene E3 ubiquitin protein ligase (MDM2), MDM4, and tumor protein 53 (TP53) were rare or absent. Gene expression profiling did not reveal any striking differences with respect to cyclin D1 in DLBCL.
CONCLUSIONS: Compared with patients who had cyclin D1-negative DLBCL, men were more commonly affected with cyclin D1-positive DLBCL, and they were significantly younger. There were no other significant differences in clinical presentation, pathologic features, overall survival, or progression-free survival between these two subgroups of patients with DLBCL.

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Sørensen CD, Jørgensen JM, Nederby L, et al.
Common consensus LNA probe for quantitative PCR assays in cancer: vehicles for minimal residual disease detection in t(11;14) and t(14;18) positive malignant lymphomas.
J Immunol Methods. 2014; 406:131-6 [PubMed] Related Publications
The use of locked nucleic acid (LNA) probes and primers potentially improves sensitivity and specificity of quantitative PCR (qPCR) assays. One area of application is that of minimal residual cancer where PCR techniques have proved to be highly relevant tools in patient follow-up. We present here sensitive and specific consensus qPCR assays for quantification of the malignant lymphoma translocations, t(11;14) and t(14;18), by taking advantage of the thermodynamic properties of LNA. The assays were applied to genomic DNA from patients diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) and follicular lymphoma (FL), respectively. Two consensus forward primers targeting the BCL1 and BCL2 genes were designed together with a common consensus reverse primer and hydrolysis probe, the latter consisting exclusively of LNA, both targeting the J segments of the immunoglobulin heavy chain (IgH) gene. The quantitative range of both assays was 1×10(0) to 5×10(-5), and the sensitivity was 10(-5), without the need for patient-specific primers. Peripheral blood (PB) and bone marrow (BM) samples from 36 patients diagnosed with MCL and nine patients diagnosed with FL were analysed using this novel qPCR approach. The level of minimal residual disease (MRD) using t(11;14) and t(14;18) as genetic targets reflected the clinical status of the patients: low levels of MRD at clinical remission, and increasing levels at disease progression. The present assays could prove as useful tools in lymphoma therapy.

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Ogura M, Ando K, Suzuki T, et al.
A multicentre phase II study of vorinostat in patients with relapsed or refractory indolent B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma and mantle cell lymphoma.
Br J Haematol. 2014; 165(6):768-76 [PubMed] Related Publications
Although initial rituximab-containing chemotherapies achieve high response rates, indolent B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (B-NHL), such as follicular lymphoma (FL), is still incurable. Therefore, new effective agents with novel mechanisms are anticipated. In this multicentre phase II study, patients with relapsed/refractory indolent B-NHL and mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) received vorinostat 200 mg twice daily for 14 consecutive days in a 21-d cycle until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity occurred. The primary endpoint was overall response rate (ORR) in FL patients and safety and tolerability in all patients. Secondary endpoints included progression-free survival (PFS). Fifty-six eligible patients were enrolled; 50 patients (39 with FL, seven with other B-NHL, and four with MCL) were evaluable for ORR, and 40 patients had received rituximab-containing prior chemotherapeutic regimens. For the 39 patients with FL, the ORR was 49% [95% confidence interval (CI): 32·4, 65·2] and the median PFS was 20 months (95% CI: 11·2, 29·7). Major toxicities were manageable grade 3/4 thrombocytopenia and neutropenia. Vorinostat offers sustained antitumour activity in patients with relapsed or refractory FL with an acceptable safety profile. Further investigation of vorinostat for clinical efficacy is warranted.

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Dengler MA, Weilbacher A, Gutekunst M, et al.
Discrepant NOXA (PMAIP1) transcript and NOXA protein levels: a potential Achilles' heel in mantle cell lymphoma.
Cell Death Dis. 2014; 5:e1013 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 08/05/2015 Related Publications
Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is an aggressive lymphoid neoplasm with transient response to conventional chemotherapy. We here investigated the role of the Bcl-2 homology domain 3-only protein NOXA for life-death decision in MCL. Surprisingly, NOXA (PMAIP1) mRNA and NOXA protein levels were extremely discrepant in MCL cells: NOXA mRNA was found to be highly expressed whereas NOXA protein levels were low. Chronic active B-cell receptor signaling and to a minor degree cyclin D1 overexpression contributed to high NOXA mRNA expression levels in MCL cells. The phoshatidyl-inositol-3 kinase/AKT/mammalian target of rapamycin pathway was identified as the major downstream signaling pathway involved in the maintenance of NOXA gene expression. Interestingly, MCL cells adapt to this constitutive pro-apoptotic signal by extensive ubiquitination and rapid proteasomal degradation of NOXA protein (T½∼15-30 min). In addition to the proteasome inhibitor Bortezomib, we identified the neddylation inhibitor MLN4924 and the fatty acid synthase inhibitor Orlistat as potent inducers of NOXA protein expression leading to apoptosis in MCL. All inhibitors targeted NOXA protein turnover. In contrast to Bortezomib, MLN4924 and Orlistat interfered with the ubiquitination process of NOXA protein thereby offering new strategies to kill Bortezomib-resistant MCL cells. Our data, therefore, highlight a critical role of NOXA in the balance between life and death in MCL. The discrepancy between NOXA transcript and protein levels is essential for sensitivity of MCL to ubiquitin-proteasome system inhibitors and could therefore provide a druggable Achilles' heel of MCL cells.

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Allinne J, Pichugin A, Iarovaia O, et al.
Perinucleolar relocalization and nucleolin as crucial events in the transcriptional activation of key genes in mantle cell lymphoma.
Blood. 2014; 123(13):2044-53 [PubMed] Related Publications
In mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), one allele of the cyclin D1 (Ccnd1) gene is translocated from its normal localization on chromosome 11 to chromosome 14. This is considered as the crucial event in the transformation process of a normal naive B-cell; however, the actual molecular mechanism leading to Ccnd1 activation remains to be deciphered. Using a combination of three-dimensional and immuno-fluorescence in situ hybridization experiments, the radial position of the 2 Ccnd1 alleles was investigated in MCL-derived cell lines and malignant cells from affected patients. The translocated Ccnd1 allele was observed significantly more distant from the nuclear membrane than its nontranslocated counterpart, with a very high proportion of IgH-Ccnd1 chromosomal segments localized next to a nucleolus. These perinucleolar areas were found to contain active RNA polymerase II (PolII) clusters. Nucleoli are rich in nucleolin, a potent transcription factor that we found to bind sites within the Ccnd1 gene specifically in MCL cells and to activate Ccnd1 transcription. We propose that the Ccnd1 transcriptional activation in MCL cells relates to the repositioning of the rearranged IgH-Ccnd1-carrying chromosomal segment in a nuclear territory with abundant nucleolin and active PolII molecules. Similar transforming events could occur in Burkitt and other B-cell lymphomas.


Katz SG, Labelle JL, Meng H, et al.
Mantle cell lymphoma in cyclin D1 transgenic mice with Bim-deficient B cells.
Blood. 2014; 123(6):884-93 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 06/02/2015 Related Publications
Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is a highly aggressive B-cell lymphoma resistant to conventional chemotherapy. Although defined by the characteristic t(11;14) translocation, MCL has not been recapitulated in transgenic mouse models of cyclin D1 overexpression alone. Indeed, several genetic aberrations have been identified in MCL that may contribute to its pathogenesis and chemoresistance. Of particular interest is the frequent biallelic deletion of the proapoptotic BCL-2 family protein BIM. BIM exerts its pro-death function via its α-helical BH3 death domain that has the dual capacity to inhibit antiapoptotic proteins such as BCL-2 and MCL-1 and directly trigger proapoptotic proteins such as the mitochondrial executioner protein BAX. To evaluate a functional role for Bim deletion in the pathogenesis of MCL, we generated cyclin D1-transgenic mice harboring Bim-deficient B cells. In response to immunization, Eμ(CycD1)CD19(CRE)Bim(fl/fl) mice manifested selective expansion of their splenic mantle zone compartment. Three distinct immune stimulation regimens induced lymphomas with histopathologic and molecular features of human MCL in a subset of mice. Thus, deletion of Bim in B cells, in the context of cyclin D1 overexpression, disrupts a critical control point in lymphoid maturation and predisposes to the development of MCL. This genetic proof of concept for MCL pathogenesis suggests an opportunity to reactivate the death pathway by pharmacologic mimicry of proapoptotic BIM.


Ladetto M, Brüggemann M, Monitillo L, et al.
Next-generation sequencing and real-time quantitative PCR for minimal residual disease detection in B-cell disorders.
Leukemia. 2014; 28(6):1299-307 [PubMed] Related Publications
In this study, we compared immunoglobulin heavy-chain-gene-based minimal residual disease (MRD) detection by real-time quantitative PCR (RQ-PCR) and next-generation sequencing (NGS) to assess whether NGS could overcome some limitations of RQ-PCR and further increase sensitivity, specificity, accuracy and reproducibility. In total, 378 samples from 55 patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) or multiple myeloma (MM) were investigated for clonotype identification, clonotype identity and comparability of MRD results. Forty-five clonotypes were identified by RQ-PCR and 49 by NGS. Clonotypes identified by both tools were identical or >97% homologous in 96% of cases. Both tools were able to routinely reach a sensitivity level of 1 × E-05. A good correlation of MRD results was observed (R=0.791, P<0.001), with excellent concordance in 79.6% of cases. Few discordant cases were observed across all disease subtypes. NGS showed at least the same level of sensitivity as allele-specific oligonucleotides-PCR, without the need for patient-specific reagents. We conclude that NGS is an effective tool for MRD monitoring in ALL, MCL and MM. Prospective comparative analysis of unselected cases is required to validate the clinical impact of NGS-based MRD assessment.

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Fowler N, Davis E
Targeting B-cell receptor signaling: changing the paradigm.
Hematology Am Soc Hematol Educ Program. 2013; 2013:553-60 [PubMed] Related Publications
It is well known that signals emanating from the B-cell receptor (BCR) activate downstream pathways to regulate the development and survival of normal B cells. In B-cell malignancies, it is increasingly understood that similar pathways are activated through both tonic and chronic active BCR signaling to promote tumor viability and resistance to therapy. Recently, several active and oral agents have emerged that target key proximal kinases in the BCR pathway, including Bruton tyrosine kinase, PI3K, and spleen tyrosine kinase. In early clinical studies, these agents have shown significant activity across a broad range of B-cell lymphomas and chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Especially impressive responses have been reported in mantle cell lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and many patients remain on treatment with continued disease control. Toxicity profiles have been mild in the majority of early studies, without significant myelosuppression over prolonged dosing. Due to these attractive attributes, several agents targeting the BCR pathway are now entering early combination studies with traditional chemotherapeutics and/or other novel agents. It is clear that agents targeting the BCR pathway will significantly affect the design of future therapeutic regimens for B-cell malignancies. Future research will focus on understanding potential mechanisms of resistance, identifying biomarkers of response, and defining optimal combination regimens.

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Matsuoka A, Tsushima T, Tanibuchi M, et al.
[Composite lymphoma cosisting of mantle cell lymphoma and follicular lymphoma].
Rinsho Ketsueki. 2013; 54(11):2056-61 [PubMed] Related Publications
Herein, we report the case of a 56-year-old man with composite lymphoma (CL) comprised of mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) and follicular lymphoma (FL). Six months after developing a right brachial tumor, he was diagnosed as having grade 3 FL with normal-size mantle zone. Simultaneously, advanced stage MCL with a diffuse growth pattern in a sigmoid colon tumor and abnormal lymphoid cells in bone marrow were observed. Thereafter, the right brachial tumor was re-examined and its mantle zone cells were immunophenotypically positive for cyclin D1 (CCND1) and cytogenetically positive for the IgH-CCND1 fusion gene. Consequently, he was diagnosed with composite lymphoma (CL) comprised of FL and MCL. As MCL and FL may form CL, the possible complication of MCL should be considered and steps taken to detect MCL.


Vose JM
Mantle cell lymphoma: 2013 Update on diagnosis, risk-stratification, and clinical management.
Am J Hematol. 2013; 88(12):1082-8 [PubMed] Related Publications
DISEASE OVERVIEW: Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is a non-Hodgkin lymphoma characterized by involvement of the lymph nodes, spleen, blood, and bone marrow with a short remission duration to standard therapies and a median overall survival of 4-5 years.
DIAGNOSIS: Diagnosis is based on lymph node, bone marrow, or tissue morphology of centrocytic lymphocytes, small cell type, or blastoid variant cells. A chromosomal translocation t(11:14) is the molecular hallmark of MCL, resulting in the overexpression of cyclin D1. Cyclin D1 is detected by immunohistochemistry in 98% of cases. The absence of SOX-11 or a low Ki-67 may correlate with a more indolent form of MCL. The differential diagnosis of MCL includes small lymphocytic lymphoma, marginal zone lymphoma, and follicular lymphoma.
RISK STRATIFICATION: The Mantle Cell Lymphoma International Prognostic Index (MIPI) is the prognostic model most often used and incorporates ECOG performance status, age, leukocyte count, and lactic dehydrogenase. A modification of the MIPI also adds the Ki-67 proliferative index if available. The median overall survival (OS) for the low risk group was not reached (5-year OS of 60%). The median OS for the intermediate risk group was 51 months and 29 months for the high risk group.
RISK-ADAPTED THERAPY: For selected indolent, low MIPI MCL patients, initial observation may be appropriate therapy. For younger patients with intermediate or high risk MIPI MCL, aggressive therapy with a cytarabine containing regimen ± autologous stem cell transplantation should be considered. For older MCL patients with intermediate or high risk MIPI, combination chemotherapy with R-CHOP, R-Bendamustine, or a clinical trial should be considered. At the time of relapse, agents directed at activated pathways in MCL cells such as bortezomib (NFkB inhibitor) or lenalidamide (anti-angiogenesis) are approved agents. Clinical trials with Ibruitinib (Bruton's Tyrosine Kinase inhibitor) or Idelalisib (PI3K inhibitor) have demonstrated excellent clinical activity in MCL patients. Autologous or allogeneic stem cell transplantation can also be considered in young patients.

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Lwin T, Zhao X, Cheng F, et al.
A microenvironment-mediated c-Myc/miR-548m/HDAC6 amplification loop in non-Hodgkin B cell lymphomas.
J Clin Invest. 2013; 123(11):4612-26 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 06/02/2015 Related Publications
A dynamic interaction occurs between the lymphoma cell and its microenvironment, with each profoundly influencing the behavior of the other. Here, using a clonogenic coculture growth system and a xenograft mouse model, we demonstrated that adhesion of mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) and other non-Hodgkin lymphoma cells to lymphoma stromal cells confers drug resistance, clonogenicity, and induction of histone deacetylase 6 (HDAC6). Furthermore, stroma triggered a c-Myc/miR-548m feed-forward loop, linking sustained c-Myc activation, miR-548m downregulation, and subsequent HDAC6 upregulation and stroma-mediated cell survival and lymphoma progression in lymphoma cell lines, primary MCL and other B cell lymphoma cell lines. Treatment with an HDAC6-selective inhibitor alone or in synergy with a c-Myc inhibitor enhanced cell death, abolished cell adhesion–mediated drug resistance, and suppressed clonogenicity and lymphoma growth ex vivo and in vivo. Together, these data suggest that the lymphoma-stroma interaction in the lymphoma microenvironment directly impacts the biology of lymphoma through genetic and epigenetic regulation, with HDAC6 and c-Myc as potential therapeutic targets.

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Moros A, Bustany S, Cahu J, et al.
Antitumoral activity of lenalidomide in in vitro and in vivo models of mantle cell lymphoma involves the destabilization of cyclin D1/p27KIP1 complexes.
Clin Cancer Res. 2014; 20(2):393-403 [PubMed] Related Publications
PURPOSE: Clinical responses to the immmunomodulatory drug lenalidomide have been observed in patients with relapsed/refractory mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), although its mechanism of action remains partially unknown. We investigated whether the expression and subcellular localization of cyclin D1, a major cell-cycle regulator overexpressed in MCL, and the cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor p27(KIP1), could identify MCL cases sensitive to lenalidomide, and whether the compound could modulate cyclin D1/p27(KIP1) complexes in MCL cells.
EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: MCL primary samples and cell lines were analyzed for subcellular levels of cyclin D1/p27(KIP1) complexes by Western blot, immunohistochemistry, immunoprecipitation, and flow cytometry. Activity of lenalidomide in vitro and its effect on cyclin D1/p27(KIP1) complexes were evaluated by real-time PCR, immunoprecipitation, immunofluorescence, and Western blot. In vivo validation was carried out in a mouse xenograft model of human MCL.
RESULTS: We found cyclin D1 and p27(KIP1) to be coordinately expressed in all the MCL samples tested. Immunoprecipitation analyses and siRNA assays suggested a direct role of cyclin D1 in the regulation of p27(KIP1) levels. The nuclear accumulation of both proteins correlated with MCL cell tumorigenicity in vivo, and sensitivity to lenalidomide activity in vitro and in vivo. Lenalidomide mechanism of action relied on cyclin D1 downregulation and disruption of cyclin D1/p27(KIP1) complexes, followed by cytosolic accumulation of p27(KIP1), cell proliferation arrest, apoptosis, and angiogenesis inhibition.
CONCLUSIONS: These results highlight a mechanism of action of lenalidomide in MCL cases with increased tumorigenicity in vivo, which is mediated by the dissociation of cyclin D1/p27(KIP1) complexes, and subsequent proliferation blockade and apoptosis induction.

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Soldini D, Valera A, Solé C, et al.
Assessment of SOX11 expression in routine lymphoma tissue sections: characterization of new monoclonal antibodies for diagnosis of mantle cell lymphoma.
Am J Surg Pathol. 2014; 38(1):86-93 [PubMed] Related Publications
The diagnosis of mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) can be difficult, especially when no t(11;14) translocation and cyclin D1 overexpression can be detected. In such cases, the transcription factor SOX11 represents an important diagnostic marker, as it is expressed in most MCLs and, in particular, in all cyclin D1-negative MCLs reported so far. A reliable anti-SOX11 antibody is therefore a very useful tool for routine diagnosis. Here, we characterize the new monoclonal anti-SOX11 antibodies, suitable for Western blot assay and immunohistochemistry (IHC) on formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue; we tested them on a large series of primary lymphoid tumors and compared these results with those of other routinely used antibodies. Moreover, we show that IHC results depend on transcription levels of SOX11, which suggests that posttranscriptional and posttranslational modifications do not significantly affect cutoff levels for IHC detection of SOX11.

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Beà S, Valdés-Mas R, Navarro A, et al.
Landscape of somatic mutations and clonal evolution in mantle cell lymphoma.
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013; 110(45):18250-5 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 06/02/2015 Related Publications
Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is an aggressive tumor, but a subset of patients may follow an indolent clinical course. To understand the mechanisms underlying this biological heterogeneity, we performed whole-genome and/or whole-exome sequencing on 29 MCL cases and their respective matched normal DNA, as well as 6 MCL cell lines. Recurrently mutated genes were investigated by targeted sequencing in an independent cohort of 172 MCL patients. We identified 25 significantly mutated genes, including known drivers such as ataxia-telangectasia mutated (ATM), cyclin D1 (CCND1), and the tumor suppressor TP53; mutated genes encoding the anti-apoptotic protein BIRC3 and Toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2); and the chromatin modifiers WHSC1, MLL2, and MEF2B. We also found NOTCH2 mutations as an alternative phenomenon to NOTCH1 mutations in aggressive tumors with a dismal prognosis. Analysis of two simultaneous or subsequent MCL samples by whole-genome/whole-exome (n = 8) or targeted (n = 19) sequencing revealed subclonal heterogeneity at diagnosis in samples from different topographic sites and modulation of the initial mutational profile at the progression of the disease. Some mutations were predominantly clonal or subclonal, indicating an early or late event in tumor evolution, respectively. Our study identifies molecular mechanisms contributing to MCL pathogenesis and offers potential targets for therapeutic intervention.

Related: NOTCH2 gene BCL1 Gene (CCND1) ATM


Kanduri M, Sander B, Ntoufa S, et al.
A key role for EZH2 in epigenetic silencing of HOX genes in mantle cell lymphoma.
Epigenetics. 2013; 8(12):1280-8 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 06/02/2015 Related Publications
The chromatin modifier EZH2 is overexpressed and associated with inferior outcome in mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). Recently, we demonstrated preferential DNA methylation of HOX genes in MCL compared with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), despite these genes not being expressed in either entity. Since EZH2 has been shown to regulate HOX gene expression, to gain further insight into its possible role in differential silencing of HOX genes in MCL vs. CLL, we performed detailed epigenetic characterization using representative cell lines and primary samples. We observed significant overexpression of EZH2 in MCL vs. CLL. Chromatin immune precipitation (ChIP) assays revealed that EZH2 catalyzed repressive H3 lysine 27 trimethylation (H3K27me3), which was sufficient to silence HOX genes in CLL, whereas in MCL H3K27me3 is accompanied by DNA methylation for a more stable repression. More importantly, hypermethylation of the HOX genes in MCL resulted from EZH2 overexpression and subsequent recruitment of the DNA methylation machinery onto HOX gene promoters. The importance of EZH2 upregulation in this process was further underscored by siRNA transfection and EZH2 inhibitor experiments. Altogether, these observations implicate EZH2 in the long-term silencing of HOX genes in MCL, and allude to its potential as a therapeutic target with clinical impact.

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Wang S, Tzankov A, Xu-Monette ZY, et al.
Clonally related composite follicular lymphoma and mantle cell lymphoma with clinicopathologic features and biological implications.
Hum Pathol. 2013; 44(12):2658-67 [PubMed] Related Publications
Composite lymphoma with follicular lymphoma (FL) and mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) components is rare and can pose a substantial diagnostic challenge. We report two cases of composite lymphoma with FL and MCL components occurring in lymph nodes. Both cases showed near total effacement of the lymph node architecture by grade 1 FL (CD10+ and BCL2+) with accompanying in situ MCL component (CD5+ and cyclin D1+) surrounding neoplastic follicles. The diagnosis of composite FL and MCL was confirmed by detecting the t(14;18)(q32;q21) and t(11;14)(q13;q32) in the FL and MCL components, respectively. Immunoglobulin heavy chain fragment length analysis in both cases showed identical dominant monoclonal peaks in microdissected neoplastic lymphoid cells from FL and MCL components. These findings suggest a common clonal origin for the FL and MCL components in both cases.


Camara-Clayette V, Koscielny S, Roux S, et al.
BMP7 expression correlates with secondary drug resistance in mantle cell lymphoma.
PLoS One. 2013; 8(9):e73993 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 06/02/2015 Related Publications
PURPOSE: We designed a gene profiling experiment to identify genes involved in secondary drug resistance in mantle cell lymphomas (MCL).
EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We obtained paired tissue samples collected from the same patients before treatment and after relapse or progression. Variations in gene expression between the 2 samples were estimated for 5 patients. For each gene, the mean variation was estimated for patients with a refractory primary tumor and for responders who developed secondary drug resistance. Nine genes of interest were selected on the basis of the magnitude and statistical significance of the variation of expression in responders and non-responders.
RESULTS: BMP7 was the only one with significantly increased expression at relapse in patients who developed secondary resistance. Validation of BMP7 as a key gene involved in secondary resistance was performed using cultures of cell line. Incubation of BMP7 with MCL cell lines increased their resistance to bortezomib and cytarabine, while inhibition of BMP7 expression by siRNA correlated with increased cell death linked to drug application.
CONCLUSION: Variations in gene expression after treatment point out BMP7 as a key gene involved in secondary resistance in mantle cell lymphoma.

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Pauly F, Dexlin-Mellby L, Ek S, et al.
Protein expression profiling of formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue using recombinant antibody microarrays.
J Proteome Res. 2013; 12(12):5943-53 [PubMed] Related Publications
Proteomics, the large-scale analysis of proteins, is a rapidly evolving field with an increasing number of key clinical applications, such as diagnosis, prognosis, and classification. In order to generate complete protein expression profiles, or protein atlases, any crude sample format must be addressable in a rapid, multiplex, and sensitive manner. A common and clinically central sample format, formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue material, holds great potential as a source for disease-associated biomarker signatures. However, despite major efforts, extraction and subsequent profiling of proteins from FFPE tissue has proven to be challenging. In this proof-of-concept study, we have demonstrated for the first time that proteins could be extracted, labeled, and subsequently profiled in a multiplex, sensitive, and reproducible manner using recombinant scFv antibody microarrays. Thus, we have added FFPE samples to the list of sample formats available for high-throughput analysis by affinity proteomics, paving the way for the next generation of biomarker-driven discovery projects.

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Bacher U, Kern W, Haferlach C, et al.
Cyclin D1 (CCND1) messenger RNA expression as assessed by real-time PCR contributes to diagnosis and follow-up control in patients with mantle cell lymphoma.
Exp Hematol. 2013; 41(12):1028-37 [PubMed] Related Publications
Molecular diagnosis of mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) can be difficult because the t(11;14)/IGH@-CCND1 is extremely heterogeneous at the DNA level. Aiming to establish a reliable molecular tool that could be easily implemented in routine diagnostics, we developed a new real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay for CCND1 expression measurement and evaluated 451 cases: 142 MCL, 76 chronic lymphocytic leukemia, 20 hairy cell leukemia, 13 hairy cell leukemia-variant, 20 splenic marginal zone lymphoma, 91 other mature B-cell neoplasms, 29 other hematologic neoplasms, and 60 healthy individuals. Sensitivity of the real-time PCR assay was up to 10(-4). In t(11;14)/IGH@-CCND1 positive lymphoma samples (n = 150), median %CCND1/ABL1 expression level was 178.2 (range: 1.5-4, 152.0). Normalized by t(11;14)/IGH@-CCND1 positive cells as determined by fluorescence in situ hybridization IGH@-CCND1 positive samples showed a median %CCND1/ABL1 of 445.8 (range: 17.9-4,848.5). A normalized %CCND1/ABL1 expression of at least 17.0 was chosen as threshold for CCND1 positivity. For unnormalized samples, the positive detection rate of t(11;14)/IGH@-CCND1 by CCND1 expression was 87.3%. Healthy individuals had low %CCND1/ABL1 (median, 1.1; range, 0.0-7.8). The negative predictive value for exclusion of a t(11;14)/IGH@-CCND1 by CCND1 expression was 95.3% by the above threshold. %CCND1/ABL1 was higher in MCL than in the remaining B-cell lymphomas (mean ± SD, 392.9 ± 685.3 vs. 46.0 ± 305.0; p < 0.001). In 66 follow-up samples, CCND1 showed 2.5-3.5 log reduction after chemotherapy and increase at relapse. CCND1 expression could serve as adjunct to other techniques in diagnosis and follow-up of B-cell lymphomas.


Chaturvedi NK, Rajule RN, Shukla A, et al.
Novel treatment for mantle cell lymphoma including therapy-resistant tumor by NF-κB and mTOR dual-targeting approach.
Mol Cancer Ther. 2013; 12(10):2006-17 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 06/02/2015 Related Publications
Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is one of the most aggressive B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphomas with a median survival of approximately five years. Currently, there is no curative therapy available for refractory MCL because of relapse from therapy-resistant tumor cells. The NF-κB and mTOR pathways are constitutively active in refractory MCL leading to increased proliferation and survival. Targeting these pathways is an ideal strategy to improve therapy for refractory MCL. Therefore, we investigated the in vitro and in vivo antilymphoma activity and associated molecular mechanism of action of a novel compound, 13-197, a quinoxaline analog that specifically perturbs IκB kinase (IKK) β, a key regulator of the NF-κB pathway. 13-197 decreased the proliferation and induced apoptosis in MCL cells including therapy-resistant cells compared with control cells. Furthermore, we observed downregulation of IκBα phosphorylation and inhibition of NF-κB nuclear translocation by 13-197 in MCL cells. In addition, NF-κB-regulated genes such as cyclin D1, Bcl-XL, and Mcl-1 were downregulated in 13-197-treated cells. In addition, 13-197 inhibited the phosphorylation of S6K and 4E-BP1, the downstream molecules of mTOR pathway that are also activated in refractory MCL. Further, 13-197 reduced the tumor burden in vivo in the kidney, liver, and lungs of therapy-resistant MCL-bearing nonobese diabetic severe-combined immunodeficient (NOD/SCID) mice compared with vehicle-treated mice; indeed, 13-197 significantly increased the survival of MCL-transplanted mice. Together, results suggest that 13-197 as a single agent disrupts the NF-κB and mTOR pathways leading to suppression of proliferation and increased apoptosis in malignant MCL cells including reduction in tumor burden in mice.

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Cinar M, Hamedani F, Mo Z, et al.
Bruton tyrosine kinase is commonly overexpressed in mantle cell lymphoma and its attenuation by Ibrutinib induces apoptosis.
Leuk Res. 2013; 37(10):1271-7 [PubMed] Related Publications
Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is an aggressive B-cell malignancy that characteristically shows overexpression of cyclin-D1 due to an alteration in the t(11;14)(q13;q32) chromosomal region. Although there are some promising treatment modalities, great majority of patients with this disease remain incurable. The B-cell antigen receptor (BCR) signaling plays a crucial role in B-cell biology and lymphomagenesis. Bruton tyrosine kinase (BTK) has been identified as a key component of the BCR signaling pathway. Evidence suggests that the blockade of BTK activity by potent pharmacologic inhibitors attenuates BCR signaling and induces cell death. Notably, the expression levels and the role of BTK in MCL survival are still elusive. Here, we demonstrated a moderate to strong BTK expression in all MCL cases (n=19) compared to benign lymphoid tissues. Treatment of MCL cell lines (Mino or Jeko-1) with a potent BTK pharmacologic inhibitor, Ibrutinib, decreased phospho-BTK-Tyr(223) expression. Consistent with this observation, Ibrutinib inhibited the viability of both Mino and JeKo-1 cells in concentration- and time-dependent manners. Ibrutinib also induced a concentration-dependent apoptosis in both cell lines. Consistently, Ibrutinib treatment decreased the levels of anti-apoptotic Bcl-2, Bcl-xL, and Mcl-1 protein. These findings suggest that BTK signaling plays a critical role in MCL cell survival, and the targeting of BTK could represent a promising therapeutic modality for aggressive lymphoma.

Related: Apoptosis


Chen Z, Pittman EF, Romaguera J, et al.
Nuclear translocation of B-cell-specific transcription factor, BACH2, modulates ROS mediated cytotoxic responses in mantle cell lymphoma.
PLoS One. 2013; 8(8):e69126 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 06/02/2015 Related Publications
BACH2, a B-cell specific transcription factor, plays a critical role in oxidative stress-mediated apoptosis. Bortezomib (Velcade(TM)) is widely used to treat relapsed mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) patients despite varying clinical outcomes. As one of the potential mechanisms of action, bortezomib was reported to elicit endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress which triggers reactive oxygen species (ROS). In the present study, we investigated the redox-sensitive intracellular mechanism that might play a critical role in bortezomib response in MCL cells. We demonstrated that in MCL cells that are sensitive to bortezomib treatments, BACH2 was translocated to the nucleus in response to bortezomib and induced apoptotic responses through the modulation of anti-oxidative and anti-apoptotic genes. On the other hand, in bortezomib resistant cells, BACH2 expression was confined in the cytoplasm and no suppression of antiapoptotic or antioxidative genes, Nrf2, Gss, CAT, HO-1 and MCL1, was detected. Importantly, levels of BACH2 were significantly higher in bortezomib sensitive MCL patient cells, indicating that BACH2 levels could be an indicator for clinical bortezomib responses. BACH2 translocation to the cytoplasm after phosphorylation was inhibited by PI3K inhibitors and combinatory regimens of bortezomib and PI3K inhibitors sensitized MCL cells to bortezomib. These data suggest that cellular distribution of BACH2 in response to ROS determines the threshold for the induction of apoptosis. Therapies that inhibit BACH2 phosphorylation could be the key for increasing bortezomib cytotoxic response in patients.

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