Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Research Study

Publication [Download PDF]: MicroRNA29a regulates the expression of the nuclear oncogene Ski. Blood. 118(7):1899-902. doi: 10.1182/blood-2010-09-306258

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a rapidly progressing cancer characterized by the abnormal buildup of myeloid cells that interfere with normal blood cell (red, white and platelet) function. There are certain genetic markers, for example monosomy 7 (–7) and 7q deletion (del7q), that are correlated with particularly poor prognosis. Ski is a nucleoprotein, homologous to the v-SKI oncogene of the avian leukosis retrovirus, and upregulated in AML patients, even more so in those with -7/del7q mutations. Because miRNAs are known to affect gene expression via both posttransctiptional and translational means, Teichler et al. (Myeloid Neoplasia, 2019) investigated whether a miRNA could be contributing to AML. miRNAs are known to regulate various cell processes such as differentiation, proliferation and apoptosis; aberrant microRNA expression has been correlated to various leukemias.

With services provided by Altogen Labs, Teichler et al. identified microRNA29a as a regulator of Ski. miR-29a was shown to localize on chromosome 7q, be down-regulated in AML, and be inversely correlated to Ski expression. Overall this data suggests that miR-29a effectively functions as a tumor-suppressor by deregulating epigenetic control in leukemogenic gene expression. Methods for obtaining these results include an oligonucleotide array for identification of miRNA expression patterns, a luciferase assay for the validation of binding sites, western blotting for detection of Ski, proliferation and differentiation assays for analysis of exogenously induced miR-29a expression and flow cytometry for measuring Ski.

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