Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below

[Abnormality of p15(INK4b) gene and myelodysplastic syndrome].

[Article in Chinese]

Author information

  • 1Institute of Hematology, Medical College of Jinan University, Guangzhou 510632, China.


Among tumor suppressor genes, p15(INK4b) gene is gaining more attention for its important role in the progression of myelodyplastic syndrome (MDS). Serial studies demonstrated that highly frequent hypermethylation of p15(INK4b) gene, which is located at the 5'CpG island in the promoter region of exon 1 and is the main reason of inactivation of p15(INK4b) gene, occurs during the development of MDS towards AML. The assay of methylation-specific PCR (MSP) is sensitive to this pattern of methylation which is restricted to the MDS clone. Apoptosis mediated by cytokines such as Fas antigen and TGF-beta, and bHLH proteins is inhibited by the inactivation of p15(INK4b) gene. This may result in the evolution of MDS clone to AML. In as much as the close relationship between p15(INK4b) gene methylation and MDS, modulation of the methylation status of p15(INK4b) gene may be considered as a noval treatment modality for MDS.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Loading ...
    Support Center