A 2-year old boy was diagnosed with Fanconi anemia (FA) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML). A cell line (termed FA-AML1) was established from blast cells obtained after a second relapse after a successful bone marrow transplant. Histochemical and surface marker analysis confirmed that the cells were derived from the myeloid lineage. Cytogenetic analysis revealed multiple chromosomal aberrations, including a ring 7. Stable proliferation of the cultured cells was absolutely dependent on the presence of granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor or interleukin 3. This is the first AML cell line successfully established from a FA patient. Remarkably, FA-AML1 cells appeared to lack the characteristic cellular FA phenotype, i.e., a hypersensitivity to growth inhibition and chromosomal breakage by the cross-linking agent mitomycin C. Genomic DNA from the patient showed biallelic mutations [8415G>T (K2729N)and 8732C>A (S2835STOP)] in the breast cancer susceptibility gene FANCD1/BRCA2 [N. Howlett et al., Science (Wash. DC), 297: 606-609, 2002]. In the AML cells, however, the 8732C>A nonsense mutation was changed into a missense mutation by a secondary alteration, 8731T>G, resulting in 2835E, which restored the open-reading frame of the gene and could explain the reverted phenotype of these cells. Loss of the FA phenotype by genetic correction of a FA gene mutation during AML progression may be a common late event in the pathogenesis of AML in FA patients, which may be treatment related. This finding suggests a novel mechanistic principle of tumor progression based on the genetic correction of an early caretaker gene defect.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|State||Published - May 15 2003|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research