Expression of the prosurvival kinase HCK requires PAX5 and mutated MYD88 signaling in MYD88-driven B-cell lymphomas.

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Summary of "Expression of the prosurvival kinase HCK requires PAX5 and mutated MYD88 signaling in MYD88-driven B-cell lymphomas."

Hematopoietic cell kinase (HCK) is an SRC family member that is aberrantly upregulated in B-cell neoplasms dependent on MYD88-activating mutations and supports their growth and survival. We showed herein that activation of Toll-like receptor (TLR) signaling in MYD88 wild-type B cells also triggered HCK expression, denoting on path regulatory function for HCK by MYD88. To clarify the signaling cascades responsible for aberrant HCK expression in MYD88-mutated B-cell lymphomas, we performed promoter-binding transcription factor (TF) profiling, PROMO weighted TF consensus binding motif analysis, and chromatin immunoprecipitation studies. We identified PAX5, and the mutated MYD88 downstream signaling mediators STAT3, NF-κB, and AP-1, as important drivers of HCK transcription. Knockdown of PAX5, a crucial regulatory factor required for B-cell commitment and identity, abrogated HCK transcription in MYD88-mutated lymphoma cells. Among AP-1 complex components, JunB showed greatest relevance to TLR/MYD88 signaling and HCK transcription regulation. In MYD88-mutated Waldenström macroglobulinemia and activated B-cell-diffuse large B-cell lymphoma cells, knockdown of MYD88 reduced phosphorylation of JunB but not c-Jun, and knockdown of JunB reduced HCK protein levels. Deletion of STAT3, NF-κB, and AP-1 binding sites reduced corresponding TFs binding and HCK promoter activity. Moreover, inhibitors to STAT3, NF-κB, and AP-1 reduced HCK promoter activity and messenger RNA levels, particularly in combination, in MYD88-mutated lymphoma cells. The findings provide new insights into the transcriptional regulation of HCK prosurvival signaling by mutated MYD88, and the importance of JunB as a downstream mediator of the MYD88-directed signaling apparatus.


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Name: Blood advances
ISSN: 2473-9537
Pages: 141-153


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