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Baptista MJ, Sole F, Polliack A, Matutes E

Report of the International Splenic Lymphoma Study Group meeting held in 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.

Leuk. Lymphoma 15 Oct 2019, 1-3. Epub 15 Oct 2019More information
O'Byrne S, Elliott N, Rice S, Buck G, Fordham N, Garnett C, Godfrey L, Crump NT, Wright G, Inglott S, Hua P, Psaila B, Povinelli B, Knapp DJHF, Agraz-Doblas A, Bueno C, Varela I, Bennett P, Koohy H, Watt SM, Karadimitris A, Mead AJ, Ancliff P, Vyas P, Menendez P, Milne TA, Roberts I, Roy A

Discovery of a CD10-negative B-progenitor in human fetal life identifies unique ontogeny-related developmental programs.

Blood 26 Sep 2019, 134 (13) 1059-1071. Epub 5 Aug 2019
Human lymphopoiesis is a dynamic lifelong process that starts in utero 6 weeks postconception. Although fetal B-lymphopoiesis remains poorly defined, it is key to understanding leukemia initiation in early life. Here, we provide a comprehensive analysis of the human fetal B-cell developmental hierarchy. We report the presence in fetal tissues of 2 distinct CD19
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Genescà E, Morgades M, Montesinos P, Barba P, Gil C, Guàrdia R, Moreno MJ, Martínez-Carballeira D, García-Cadenas I, Vives S, Ribera J, González-Campos J, González-Gil C, Zamora L, Ramírez JL, Díaz-Beya M, Mercadal S, Artola MT, Cladera A, Tormo M, Bermúdez A, Vall-Llovera F, Martínez P, Amigo ML, Monsalvo S, Novo A, Cervera M, García-Guiñon A, Juncà J, Ciudad J, Orfao A, Ribera JM

Unique clinico-biological, genetic and prognostic features of adult early T cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Haematologica 19 Sep 2019, . Epub 19 Sep 2019More information
Bueno C, Tejedor JR, Bashford-Rogers R, González-Silva L, Valdés-Mas R, Agraz-Doblás A, Díaz de la Guardia R, Ribera J, Zamora L, Bilhou-Nabera C, Abermil N, Guermouche H, Gouache E, Leverger G, Fraga MF, Fernández AF, Ballerini P, Varela I, Menendez P

Natural history and cell of origin of TC F3-ZN F384 and PTPN11 mutations in monozygotic twins with concordant BCP-ALL

Blood 12 Sep 2019, 134 (11) 900-905. Epub 20 Jun 2019More information
Oliveira-Mateos C, Sánchez-Castillo A, Soler M, Obiols-Guardia A, Piñeyro D, Boque-Sastre R, Calleja-Cervantes ME, Castro de Moura M, Martínez-Cardús A, Rubio T, Pelletier J, Martínez-Iniesta M, Herrero-Martín D, Tirado OM, Gentilella A, Villanueva A, Esteller M, Farré L, Guil S

The transcribed pseudogene RPSAP52 enhances the oncofetal HMGA2-IGF2BP2-RAS axis through LIN28B-dependent and independent let-7 inhibition.

Nat Commun 4 Sep 2019, 10 (1) 3979. Epub 4 Sep 2019
One largely unknown question in cell biology is the discrimination between inconsequential and functional transcriptional events with relevant regulatory functions. Here, we find that the oncofetal HMGA2 gene is aberrantly reexpressed in many tumor types together with its antisense transcribed pseudogene RPSAP52. RPSAP52 is abundantly present in the cytoplasm, where it interacts with the RNA binding protein IGF2BP2/IMP2, facilitating its binding to mRNA targets, promoting their translation by mediating their recruitment on polysomes and enhancing proliferative and self-renewal pathways. Notably, downregulation of RPSAP52 impairs the balance between the oncogene LIN28B and the tumor suppressor let-7 family of miRNAs, inhibits cellular proliferation and migration in vitro and slows down tumor growth in vivo. In addition, high levels of RPSAP52 in patient samples associate with a worse prognosis in sarcomas. Overall, we reveal the roles of a transcribed pseudogene that may display properties of an oncofetal master regulator in human cancers.
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