c-Maf translocation or overexpression has been observed in human multiple myeloma. Although c-maf might function as an oncogene in multiple myeloma, a role for this gene in other cancers has not been shown. In this study, we have found that mice transgenic for c-Maf whose expression was direct to the T-cell compartment developed T-cell lymphoma. Moreover, we showed that cyclin D2, integrin β7, and AKK5 were upregulated in c-Maf transgenic lymphoma cells. Furthermore, 60% of human T-cell lymphomas (11 of 18 cases), classified as angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma, were found to express c-Maf. These results suggest that c-Maf might cause a type of T-cell lymphoma in both mice and humans and that ARK5, in addition to cyclin D2 and integrin β7, might be downstream target genes of c-Maf leading to malignant transformation.
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