The Runt domain transcription factor AML1/RUNX1 is essential for the generation of hematopoietic stem cells and is the most frequent target of chromosomal translocations associated with leukemia. Here, we present a new AML1 translocation found in a patient with acute myeloid leukemia M4 with t(8;21)(q24;q22) at the time of relapse. This translocation generated an in-frame chimeric gene consisting of the N-terminal portion of AML1, retaining the Runt domain, fused to the entire length of TRPS1 on the C-terminus. TRPS1 encodes a putative multitype zinc finger (ZF) protein containing 9 C2H2 type ZFs and 1 GATA type ZF. AML1-TRPS1 stimulated proliferation of hematopoietic colony-forming cells and repressed the transcriptional activity of AML1 and GATA-1 by 2 different mechanisms: competition at their cognate DNA-binding sites and physical sequestrations of AML1 and GATA-1, suggesting that simultaneous deregulation of AML1 and GATA factors constitutes a basis for leukemogenesis.
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- Cell Biology