Project: Research project

Project Details


The broad long-term objective of this proposal is to enhance our
understanding of the transcriptional mechanisms regulating leukemogenesis.
In up to 30% of B-ALL patients, t(12;21) creates a fusion product,
TEL/AML-1B, which converts AML-1B from an activator to repressor of
transcription. In the majority of these cases, the non-translocated TEL
allele is deleted. Therefore, we hypothesize that TEL plays a key role in
regulating transcription and leukemogenesis. The specific aims are to
determine the mechanisms of TEL/AML-1B- mediated repression of basal and
AML-1B-induced transcription and to investigate whether TEL is a tumor
suppressor. To determine the mechanism of transcriptional repression by
TEL/AML-1B, we will make point mutations within the TEL-encoded helix-
loop-helix domain and define the region required for transcriptional
repression and protein-protein interactions. We will also design promoter
constructs that will allow us to determine whether TEL/AML-1B is short- or
long-range repressor. Secondly, we will create conditional TEL knock-out
mice using the Cre-loxP recombination system. We will also cross TEL-
deficient mice with TEL/AML-1B transgenic mice to re-create the genotype
seen in B-ALL patients. These mice will be analyzed the development of
tumors. The data obtained from these studies will enhance our
understanding of the roles of TEL in transcriptional regulation and
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