KIBRA gene methylation is associated with unfavorable biological prognostic parameters in chronic lymphocytic leukemia

Thoraia Shinawi, Victoria Hill, Antonis Dagklis, Panagiotis Baliakas, Kostas Stamatopoulos, Angleo Agathanggelou, Tanja Stankovic, Eamonn R. Maher, Paolo Ghia, Farida Latif

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Abstract

Ras-association domain family (RASSF) members are a family of genes containing an RA domain in either the C-terminus (RASSF1-RASSF6) or in the N-terminus (RASSF7-RASSF10). Members of this gene family are core members of the Salvador/ Warts/Hippo (SWH) tumor suppressor network and have been shown to be involved in human tumorigenesis. Among the RASSF genes, RASSF1A is one of the most frequently methylated genes in a wide range of epithelial cancers, and we previously demonstrated that RASSF6 and RASSF10 genes are frequently epigenetically inactivated in acute leukemias, particularly in those of the B cell type. We here determined the methylation profiles of all members of the RASSF gene family as well as two recently identified (KIBRA, CRB3) upstream members of the SWH pathway in the leukemic B cells obtained from a well-characterized cohort of 95 patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Among the RASSF genes, RASSF10 (50%) was the most frequently methylated gene, followed by RASSF6 (16%). The remaining RASSF genes were either unmethylated or showed a frequency of methylation

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-215
Number of pages5
JournalEpigenetics
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

Keywords

  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
  • DNA methylation
  • KIBRA
  • Prognostic marker
  • RASSF genes
  • SWH pathway

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Research

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