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Genes Dev. 2007 Sep 15;21(18):2283-7. Epub 2007 Aug 30.

Cytokine-dependent imatinib resistance in mouse BCR-ABL+, Arf-null lymphoblastic leukemia.

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  • 1Department of Oncology, St Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN 38105, USA.


Retroviral transduction of the BCR-ABL kinase into primary mouse bone marrow cells lacking the Arf tumor suppressor rapidly generates polyclonal populations of continuously self-renewing pre-B cells, virtually all of which have leukemic potential. Intravenous infusion of 20 such cells into healthy syngeneic mice induces rapidly fatal, transplantable lymphoblastic leukemias that resist imatinib therapy. Introduction of BCR-ABL into Arf-null severe combined immunodeficient (SCID) bone marrow progenitors lacking the cytokine receptor common gamma-chain yields leukemogenic pre-B cells that exhibit greater sensitivity to imatinib in vivo. Hence, salutary cytokines in the hematopoietic microenvironment can facilitate leukemic proliferation and confer resistance to targeted therapy.

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