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Am J Pathol. 2012 Feb;180(2):831-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ajpath.2011.10.007. Epub 2011 Nov 19.

Ets-1 activates overexpression of JunB and CD30 in Hodgkin's lymphoma and anaplastic large-cell lymphoma.

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Department of Hematology, School of Medicine, Kitasato University, Kanagawa, Japan.


Overexpression of CD30 and JunB is a hallmark of tumor cells in Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL) and anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL). We reported that CD30-extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK)1/2 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling induces JunB, which maintains constitutive activation of the CD30 promoter. Herein, we localize a cis-acting enhancer in the JunB promoter that is regulated by Ets-1. We show that E26 transformation-specific-1 (Ets-1) (-146 to -137) enhances JunB promoter activation in a manner that is dependent on CD30 or the nucleophosmin-anaplastic lymphoma kinase (NPM-ALK)-ERK1/2 MAPK pathway. Ets-1 knockdown reduces the expression of both JunB and CD30, and CD30 knockdown significantly reduces JunB expression in HL and ALCL cell lines. NPM-ALK knockdown also reduces JunB expression in ALCL cell lines expressing NPM-ALK. Collectively, these results indicate that CD30 and NPM-ALK cooperate to activate the ERK1/2 MAPK-Ets-1 pathway. Ets-1, constitutively activated by ERK1/2-MAPK, plays a central role in the overexpression of JunB and CD30, which are both involved in the pathogenesis of HL and ALCL.

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