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Int J Hematol. 1997 Feb;65(2):115-21.

Interaction of BCR-ABL with the retinoblastoma protein in Philadelphia chromosome-positive cell lines.

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Third Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan.


The tyrosine kinase activity of BCR-ABL fusion proteins plays an important role in the pathogenesis of leukemia that is for the Philadelphia chromosome (Ph1). Because nuclear c-ABL is regulated during the cell cycle through a specific interaction with the retinoblastoma protein (pRB), the possible interaction of BCR-ABL with pRB in Ph1-positive cell lines was investigated. P145 c-ABL as well as P190 and P210 BCR-ABL proteins interacted with pRB. Furthermore, c-ABL and BCR-ABL associated with both phosphorylated and nonphosphorylated forms of pRB. These findings suggest that BCR-ABL interferes with pRB function and thereby regulates cell growth.

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