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Blood Cancer J. Sep 2012; 2(9): e88.
Published online Sep 7, 2012. doi:  10.1038/bcj.2012.35
PMCID: PMC3461705
Waldenström's macroglobulinemia harbors a unique proteome where Ku70 is severely underexpressed as compared with other B-lymphoproliferative disorders
A Perrot,1,2,3 C Pionneau,4,5 N Azar,6 C Baillou,5,7 F M Lemoine,5,7 V Leblond,5,6 H Merle-Béral,5,6 M-C Béné,3 R Herbrecht,8 S Bahram,1,2,9* and L Vallat1,2,9
1Laboratoire d'Immunogénétique Moléculaire Humaine, Centre de Recherche d'Immunologie et d'Hématologie. Faculté de Médecine, Université de Strasbourg, Strasbourg Cedex, France
2Laboratoire Central d'Immunologie, Plateau Technique de Biologie, Nouvel Hôpital Civil, Hôpitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg, Strasbourg Cedex, France
3EA RHEM 4369, Laboratoire d'Immunologie, Faculté de médecine, Nancy-Université, Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy, France
4INSERM, Plateforme post-génomique de la Pitié-Salpêtrière (P3S), Paris, France
5Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France
6Service d'Hématologie, Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière, Paris, France
7UMR CNRS 7211, Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière, Paris, France
8Service d'Oncologie et d'Hématologie, Hôpital de Hautepierre, Hôpitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
9Laboratoire d'Excellence (LabEx) TRANSPLANTEX, Centre de Recherche d'Immunologie et d'Hématologie. Faculté de Médecine, Université de Strasbourg, Strasbourg Cedex, France
*Laboratoire d'Immunogénétique Moléculaire Humaine, Centre de Recherche d'Immunologie et d'Hématologie, 4 rue Kirschleger, 67085 Strasbourg Cedex, France. E-mail: siamak/at/
Received March 28, 2012; Revised July 16, 2012; Accepted August 7, 2012.
Waldenström's macroglobulinemia (WM) is a clonal B-cell lymphoproliferative disorder (LPD) of post-germinal center nature. Despite the fact that the precise molecular pathway(s) leading to WM remain(s) to be elucidated, a hallmark of the disease is the absence of the immunoglobulin heavy chain class switch recombination. Using two-dimensional gel electrophoresis, we compared proteomic profiles of WM cells with that of other LPDs. We were able to demonstrate that WM constitutes a unique proteomic entity as compared with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and marginal zone lymphoma. Statistical comparisons of protein expression levels revealed that a few proteins are distinctly expressed in WM in comparison with other LPDs. In particular we observed a major downregulation of the double strand repair protein Ku70 (XRCC6); confirmed at both the protein and RNA levels in an independent cohort of patients. Hence, we define a distinctive proteomic profile for WM where the downregulation of Ku70—a component of the non homologous end-joining pathway—might be relevant in disease pathophysiology.
Keywords: Waldenström macroglobulinemia, proteomics, 2D-electrophoresis, XRCC6
Waldenström's macroglobulinemia (WM)—alternatively designated as lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma—is an uncommon B-cell lymphoproliferative disorder (LPD) characterized primarily by a lymphoplasmacytic infiltration of the bone marrow and by an immunoglobulin M monoclonal gammapathy.1, 2
Although the precise molecular path(s) leading to WM remain largely unknown, there is clear evidence for the post-germinal center nature of the WM clonal cells, as the IGH (immunoglobulin heavy chain gene) is almost always subjected to somatic hypermutation;3, 4 although without the presence of any intraclonal variation.5, 6 Moreover and in contrast to immunoglobulin M multiple myeloma (MM) and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), post-switch clonotypic immunoglobulins are undetectable in WM B cells, suggesting therefore that absence of isotype switching;5, 6 although the latter could be achieved in vitro in response to appropriate stimuli for example, CD40-ligand and IL-4.7 Immunoglobulin class switching requires a functional activation-induced cytidine deaminase8 and uses the robust non homologous end-joining (NHEJ) pathway.9 The Ku (Ku70/Ku80) heterodimer is a key factor in this pathway, acting as a scaffold for the recruitment of NHEJ core or such processing factors as the DNA-dependent protein kinase catalytic subunit (DNA-PKcs) and the XRCC4/ligase IV complex.10, 11
To progress in the understanding of molecular pathway(s) underlying the advent of the disease, gene-expression profiling of WM cells has been previously performed; revealing a homogeneous expression profile, more similar to that of CLL than that of MM.12 A small set of genes was thereafter identified to be distinctly expressed in WM. They include interleukin-6 (IL6) and genes of the mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway. Upregulation of IL6 in WM was confirmed by an independent study.13 Aiming to compare WM cells with B-cell morphology and those with plasma cell morphology, this work concluded that B cells and plasma cells from WM patients exhibit distinct patterns of gene expression as compared with B cells and plasma cells from patients with CLL and MM.13
Few proteomic studies have been performed in WM. These include a proteomic analysis of signaling pathways performed in WM and MM samples, before and after treatment with a proteasome inhibitor.14 Clustering analysis allowed to identify proteins that were expressed by either of these disorders but not both, indicating differences in cellular responses to proteasome inhibition.14 Hatjiharissi et al.15on the other hand compared—using an antibody-based protein microarray method—the patterns of protein expression between untreated WM cells and normal bone marrow controls. These analyses identified upregulation of proteins of the Ras and Rho family, as well as of cyclin-dependent kinases, apoptosis regulators and histone deacetylases.15 Moreover, high expression of the heat shock protein HSP90 was observed in cells from symptomatic WM patients.15
Here, we aimed to perform a comprehensive proteomic analysis of WM versus closely linked diseases with likely overlapping pathophysiologies. Similarly to our recent work in CLL16 and using a two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2D-E) approach,17 we compared WM with marginal zone lymphoma (MZL) and CLL. Three notable lessons were learnt in this study: (1) in contrast to observations using gene-expression profiling and limited proteomic analyses where WM is quasi indistinguishable from CLL, MM or normal B cells, we demonstrate a—statistically significant—distinct proteomic content for WM versus other LPDs; (2) we establish the existence for WM, of 17 majorly differentially expressed proteins in the same comparative analyses; (3) among the latter, we identify Ku70, part of the Ku heterodimer, and directly involved in class switch recombination, as one of the most differentially underexpressed proteins in WM cells as compared with other B-cell LPDs.
Patients and B-cell selection
Twenty six untreated patients with LPD (10 WM, 4 MZL, 10 CLL and 2 mantle cell lymphoma; MCL), were enrolled in this study. Peripheral blood and/or bone marrow were obtained for each patient after informed consent in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration. Clinical and biological features of all patients are provided in Table 1. Cells corresponding to 3 WM, 3 MZL and 4 CLL samples were used for 2D-E analysis, whereas those from, respectively, 9 (4 WM, 3 MZL and 2 CLL) and 14 (5 WM, 2 MZL, 5 CLL and 2 MCL) untreated patients were used for western blot and quantitative RT-PCR experiments. B cells—for all LPDs with the exception of WM and MZL used in 2D-E—were purified by negative selection using the Rosettesep B-cell enrichment cocktail (StemCell Technologies, Vancouver, Canada) followed by density gradient centrifugation on Ficoll-Paque PLUS (GE Healthcare, Saclay, France). B cells from whole blood or bone marrow of WM and MZL patients analyzed in 2D-E were sorted by flow cytometry (FACSAria II, Becton Dickinson, Le Pont-De-Claix, France) using anti-CD19 monoclonal antibody (CD19-PerCP Cy5.5, BD Biosciences, Le Pont de Claix, France), kappa or lambda monotypy (kappa-FITC/lambda-PE, Dako) and the immunophenotypic characteristics of the malignant clone (CD79b for the MZL2 patient) (CD79b-APC, BD Biosciences). The purity of samples isolated by rosette and flow cytometry sorting cells was >95% often >97%.
Table 1
Table 1
Patients' characteristics
Ten samples were used in 2D-E analysis. For each cell suspension, total proteins were extracted in iso-electric focusing-specific lysis buffer containing 7 x2133 urea, 2 x2133 thiourea, 1% CHAPS, 10% isopropanol, 10% isobutanol, 0.5% Triton X100, 0.5% SB3-10, 30 mx2133 Tris, 65 mx2133 DTT, 0.5% IPG buffer 3–10 and 30 mx2133 spermine. After centrifugation at 16 000 g for 30 min at 4 °C, proteins were precipitated with the Perfect-Focus Kit from G-Biosciences (Maryland, Heights, MO, USA) and resuspended in a buffer containing 7 x2133 urea, 2 x2133 thiourea, 1% CHAPS, 10% isopropanol, 10% isobutanol, 0.5% Triton X100, 0.5% SB3-10 and 30 mx2133 Tris. The total protein concentration of each sample was established using the Bradford assay (Protein Assay, Bio-rad, Ivry sur Seine, France) with bovine serum albumin as standard. All protein extracts (50 μg per sample) were labeled using fluorescent Cyanine (Cy) dyes, as per the manufacturer's instructions for minimal labeling (GE Healthcare). Cy3 and Cy5 were alternatively used to label protein extracts according to the dye switch method. For each gel, two labeled protein extracts—expected to co-migrate—were mixed to a strip's rehydration buffer containing 7 x2133 urea, 2 x2133 thiourea, 1% CHAPS, 10% isopropanol, 10% isobutanol, 0.5% Triton X100, 0.5% SB3-10, 40 mx2133 DTT and 0.5% IPG buffer 4–7 for a total volume of 460 μl. Rehydration of a 24 cm Immobiline pH 4–7 DryStrip (GE Healthcare) was achieved in the dark during 16 h. Iso-electric focusing was then performed at 20 °C for a total of 85 000 Vh using the Ettan II IPGphor system (GE Healthcare). After migration, the strips were equilibrated in SDS containing buffer (reduction and alkylation) before being loaded onto SDS polyacrylamide gels for separation according to molecular weight using an Ettan DALT Six Electrophoresis System (GE Healthcare). After migration, 2D-E gels were scanned using an Ettan DIGE Imager (GE Healthcare) according to the manufacturer's instructions. Image analysis and statistical calculations were performed using the Progenesis SameSpots software (NonLinear Dynamics, Newcastle, UK) and the ‘Multiple stains per gel without internal standards' comparison method. All sample gel images were first aligned. Spots were then automatically detected and filtered to eliminate non-protein spots. Statistical analyses (analysis of variance and principal component analyses) were performed on normalized spots data. For multigroup analysis of variance test, a q-value (a FDR corrected P-value) of <0.05 was considered significant. The threshold chosen to appreciate variations was a 2.5-fold change when comparing WM versus CLL groups.
Protein identification
Analytical gels were stained with SYPRO Ruby (Invitrogen Corporation, Carlsbad, CA, USA) and used for robotized spot picking (EXQuest spot cutter, Bio-Rad, Marnes-la-Coquette, France). Gel plugs were washed twice with 25 mx2133 ammonium bicarbonate in 50% acetonitrile then dehydrated in 100% acetonitrile, before being subjected to overnight in-gel trypsic digestion. Briefly, each spot was incubated in a solution containing 50 mx2133 ammonium bicarbonate, 10% acetonitrile and 20 μg/ml trypsin (G-Biosciences) on ice during 1 h, then overnight at 37 °C. The supernatants were collected and gel plugs were incubated in 0.1% TFA 50% acetonitrile in an ultrasonic bath during 10 min to extract residual peptides. The new supernatants were pooled with the former. Peptides were dried completely in a vacuum centrifuge then resuspended in 0.1% TFA 50% acetonitrile, to be analyzed by mass spectrometry (MS or MS/MS). Peptides were spotted onto a MALDI plate with matrix solution (50% acetonitrile, 0.1% TFA, HCCA at saturation) diluted four-fold in 50% acetonitrile, 0.1% TFA and analyzed by MS using an Autoflex MALDI-TOF (Bruker Daltonics, Bremen, Germany). This instrument was operated in positive ion mode and externally calibrated in the peptide mass range of 700–3200 m/z. MS/MS analysis was performed using the Ultimate 3000 nanoLC system (Dionex, Voisin le Bretonneux, France) coupled to an Esquire HCTultra nESI-IT-MS (Bruker Daltonics). A search for protein identity was carried out with MASCOT ( Confident matches were defined by the MASCOT score and statistical significance (P<0.05), the number of matching peptides and the percentage of total amino acid sequences covered by matching peptides.
Western-blot analysis
Cell lysates were prepared by incubating purified B-cell pellets on ice for 30 min in 200 μl of a lysis buffer containing 150 mx2133 NaCl, 50 mx2133 Tris pH8, 1% NP40, 10% glycerol, 0.5 mx2133 EDTA and protease inhibitor Complete 1X (Roche Diagnostics, Mannheim, Germany). The samples were then centrifuged at 4 °C for 30 min at 16 000 g. Samples containing 50 μg of protein were mixed with Laemmli buffer 1X and boiled for 5 min. Protein extracts were separated on 10% SDS–PAGE, then transferred to nitrocellulose membranes (Hybond-C Extra, Amersham Biosciences, Buckinghamshire, UK). Nonspecific binding sites were blocked for 1 h in 5% milk in T-TBS (50 mx2133 Tris, 150 mx2133 NaCl, 0.5% Tween-20). The membranes were then probed with anti-Ku (p70) (clone N3H10, Kamiya Biomedical, Seattle, WA, USA) during 3 h at room temperature. After thorough washing in T-TBS, incubation was carried out for 1 h in the presence of horseradish peroxidase-conjugated anti-mouse IgG (Bio-Rad Laboratories, Hercules, CA, USA). All immunoblots were revealed by enhanced chemiluminescence using the Super Signal West Pico Substrate (Pierce Biotechnology, Inc., Rockford, IL, USA). Data were acquired by scanning-densitometry using a Chemi-Start (Vilber-Lourmat, Marne-La-Vallée, France).
Quantitative real-time RT-PCR
A quantitative real-time RT-PCR amplification of XRCC6 (encoding Ku70) was performed as a second validation test. This was achieved for 14 subjects, respectively, 5 WM and 9 others B LPD including MZL (n=2), MCL (n=2) and CLL (n=5). Briefly, total RNA was extracted using the RNeasy mini kit (Qiagen, Courtaboeuf, France) and treated with DNase (Qiagen). cDNA was synthesized using Improm II reverse transcriptase (Promega, Lyon, France) and random hexadeoxynucleotide primers (Promega). The relative gene expression of XRCC6 was determined by concomitant amplification of GUSB (beta-D glucuronidase) as a reference gene using a LightCycler 480 (Roche). Assays were performed in duplicate using 5 μl of cDNA, 1X Taqman Universal Master Mix (Applied BioSystems, Warrington, UK) and 1X TaqMan Gene Expression Assays (Applied Biosystems, Foster City, CA, USA) for XRCC6 and GUSB in a total volume of 25 μl. LightCycler 480 Software (Roche) was used to calculate the relative gene expression of XRCC6 (2−ΔΔCT method).
Here we present a first comprehensive 2D-E analysis of WM versus other LPDs.
WM is a unique proteomic entity
Quantitative proteomic analysis by 2D-E was performed for 10 protein extracts obtained from B cells isolated from peripheral blood and/or bone marrow of 2 WM (3 samples), 2 MZL (3 samples) and 3 CLL (4 samples) patients. The inclusion of blood and bone marrow cells from the same patients (WM1 and MZL2) was aimed to foresee the extent to which cell origin/developmental stage might have any influence in proteomic profile in a same individual.
Multivariate analysis of protein expression was first performed using a principal component analysis. Used as an explorative tool to investigate the clustering of all WM, MZL and CLL samples, principal component analysis analysis demonstrated that WM clustered distinctly from MZL and CLL (Figure 1). Hence, the protein content of WM cells is significantly different from those of MZL or CLL. Of note, one WM and one MZL patient segregated quite differently in principal component analysis, although without overlapping with other LPDs, and the ‘stray' WM patient still was nearest to the other two (Figure 1).
Figure 1
Figure 1
Principal component analysis (PCA) distinguishes WM, MZL and CLL cells. PCA as a ‘score plot' of a spot map of the 10 protein extracts (3 WM, 3 MZL and 4 CLL) color-coded according to the legend, projected onto the first two principal components. (more ...)
Several proteins are differentially expressed in WM as compared with MZL and CLL
Among the 1051 polypeptide spots analyzed within different samples, 356 showed a differential expression. Most differentially expressed polypeptide spots (with a 2.5-fold change) between WM and CLL samples, and between WM and MZL samples, as identified by mass spectrometry, are presented in Table 2. The first highlight from this analysis is that the detected differentially expressed proteins are not—for the vast majority—among the candidate genes/proteins, which would have expected to be critical in WM—that is, in direct connection with leukomogenesis, immune-related loci and so on—but are rather confined to ubiquitously expressed structural/housekeeping proteins for example, cytoskeleton, metabolism. Remarkably the vast majority of these proteins show a similar expression pattern that is, up/downregulation in WM vs CLL or MZL hinting again to the fact that WM harbors a distinct proteome entity versus these two other closely considered LPDs. A few notable distinctly expressed proteins are the following: phosphoglucomutase-2 and annexin A6, which were strongly overexpressed, especially when comparing WM and CLL; conversely, peroxiredoxin and Ku70 (X-ray repair cross-complementing protein 6), showed the strongest downregulation in WM compared with CLL. The same trend, although less pronounced, was observed between WM and MZL. Several components of the cytoskeleton were also differentially expressed in WM cells, namely moesin, gelsolin and lamin-B1. Ku70 proteomic profile was examined more thoroughly: 2D and 3D representations together with statistical expression data are shown in Figure 2. No variation of the proteomic content between blood and bone marrow cells, neither for WM nor MZL was noted for this protein.
Table 2
Table 2
Most differentially expressed proteins between WM, CLL and MZL cells
Figure 2
Figure 2
2D-E analysis of Ku70 protein expression. Spots were analyzed with Progenesis SameSpots (NonLinear Dynamics). (a) Representative focus of the Ku70 protein (spot no. 712) on WM, MZL and CLL samples 2D-gel images. (b) 3D-representation of the Ku70 volume (more ...)
Lower expression of Ku70 (XRCC6) protein and gene expression in WM cells by comparison with other LPDs
Ku70 was—for obvious reasons of its direct implication in immunoglobulin class switching—the candidate protein retained for validation on a larger cohort of patients. First, western blot experiments performed on 9 untreated patients (whose characteristics are summarized in Table 1) clearly confirmed a much lower expression that is, quasi absence of Ku70 in WM as compared with MZL and CLL (Figure 3). Second, in order to investigate whether the quantitative defect of Ku70 protein was related to a lack of XRCC6 RNA transcript or to a post-translational process, gene expression of XRCC6 was assessed using quantitative RT-PCR (using GUSB as reference gene) in 14 patients with WM or other lymphoid malignancies. XRCC6 expression was found to be significantly lower in MW cells as compared with other LPDs including MZL, CLL and MCL (Figure 4); thus suggesting that the observed protein downregulation was due to a transcriptional shut down.
Figure 3
Figure 3
Western-blot validation of the Ku70 2D-E profile. Western blot results of Ku70 expression in samples from WM, MZL and CLL cells. Actin was used as loading control.
Figure 4
Figure 4
Quantitative real-time PCR validation for XRCC6. Relative gene-expression quantification for XRCC6 (Ku70) and GUSB (beta-D glucuronidase) as reference gene, in WM and other B LPD (MZL, MCL and CLL) samples (***P<0.001 (more ...)
WM, a rare, distinct, B LPD, is defined by lymphoplasmacytic infiltration of the bone marrow and a monoclonal immunoglobulin M paraproteinemia, respectively, ascertained by bone marrow biopsy and serum protein immunoelectrophoresis/immunofixation. However, before performing the latter tests in order to reach diagnostic certitude, there is/are at present no unique non invasive diagnostic biomarker(s) available helping to guide the clinician in an often diversity of nonspecific early symptoms for example, fatigue, anemia, thrombocytopenia, hepatosplenomegaly and lymphadenopathy.
Array technology, especially transcriptome analysis, has been widely used in clonal hematological malignancies.18, 19 WM has not escaped this trend, as mentioned earlier. Proteome analysis—more cumbersome presently—has been less widely used and in case of WM has been performed in only two reports with self imposed limitations/biases. Here, we present a first comprehensive 2D-E analysis of WM, as compared with other LPDs. This study yielded more significant differences for 17 proteins (Table 2). Besides, the possibly critical downregulation of Ku70, a few other modifications of housekeeping/structural proteins were observed. These include molecules involved in glucose metabolism, redox balance, cell communication, protein metabolism, regulation of translation or nucleic acid binding. Phosphoglucomutase-2 appears to be selectively overexpressed in WM compared with CLL and MZL.20, 21 Inversely, glutaredoxin-3 (GLRX3), lactoylglutathione lyase (GLO1) and peroxiredoxin-6 (PRDX6) appeared to be underexpressed in WM cells as compared with CLL and MZL cells.22 GLO1 belongs to the glyoxalase complex, which catalyzes the conversion of methylglyoxal to D-lactate.23 Peroxiredoxins are a ubiquitous family of antioxidant enzymes that functions as tumor suppressor to certain haematopoietic cancers in mice.24 PRDX6, the most underexpressed protein in WM in our study, is a bifunctional enzyme having both peroxidase and phospholipase A2 activities, with roles in oxidative stress-induced and TNF-induced apoptosis.25
Cytoskeleton proteins also appeared to be differentially expressed in WM. Gelsolin is an actin-binding protein that is a key regulator of actin filament assembly and disassembly.26, 27 Gelsolin has been reported increased in vincristine (an anti-microtubule agent)-resistant acute leukemia, whilst moesin was decreased in the same cells.28 Moesin, which expression was decreased in WM in our study, is a member of the ERM protein family, which appears to function as cross-linker between plasma membranes and actin-based cytoskeletons for cell–cell recognition, signaling and cell movement phenomena. Finally, we observed that several isoforms of annexin A6, a calcium-dependent membrane-binding protein, were upregulated in WM cells.29
Again, perhaps the most notable alteration observed in our study was the silencing of Ku70 in WM cells. This was further confirmed by western blot and mRNA analysis in a second cohort of patients, strengthening the consistency of this anomaly. The Ku (Ku70/Ku86) heterodimer was first discovered as an auto-antigen in patients with autoimmune disorders.30 The genes encoding these proteins are located on chromosomes 22q13 and 2q33-35.31 Ku is the DNA-targeting subunit of a DNA-dependent protein kinase (DNA-PK), which is a serine/threonine kinase consisting of a 465-kDa catalytic subunit (DNA-PKcs) and the heterodimeric Ku regulatory complex. The latter binds to DNA double-stranded ends and other discontinuities in the DNA32 and recruits the DNA-PKcs of the complex.33 Classical NHEJ involves the DNA–PK complex, essential for lymphoid development, especially VDJ recombination and Ig switching. Indeed Ku70−/− mice lack B-cell maturation and the absence of Ku70 confers hypersensitivity to ionizing radiation and deficiency in DNA double-stranded breaks repair,34 translating in an extreme radiosensitivity and specific VDJ recombination defects,35, 36, 37 as well as high levels of chromosomal aberrations.38, 39 In man, DNA-PK activity and increased expression of both Ku70 and Ku86 have been shown to correlate with resistance to therapeutic molecules notably in the context of CLL.40 Minor defects in the NHEJ pathway moreover have been shown to confer predisposition to leukemia.41 Most LPDs arise via transformation of post-germinal center B cells with chromosomal mutations.42 Immunodeficiencies with both abnormal DNA repair43 and genetic polymorphisms of NHEJ components44, 45 have been associated to an increased susceptibility to the development of lymphoid malignancies, suggesting that an aberrant NHEJ pathway could lead to lymphomagenesis. However, when investigated, no mutation or deletion of Ku86 has been observed in CLL or acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells.46 Acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells were found to express high levels of DNA-PKcs, Ku86 and Ku70 protein, whereas CLL cells displayed a lower expression of DNA-PKcs and Ku86 but not Ku70.47 By quantitative RT-PCR in several types of LPD (not including WM), a lower expression of Ku70-encoding XRCC6 gene was observed compared with reactive lymph nodes.48 Lower expression of Ku70 transcripts by quantitative RT-PCR could be the result of at least two phenomenons: (a) genetic (point mutation etc.) or epigenetic (promoter methylation, microRNA etc.) mechanisms; recently described as key regulators in WM biology;49 (b) as part of a larger transcriptional downregulation that is, expression of BLIMP1–a transcriptional repressor —involved in terminal differentiation of B cells to plasma cells has been shown to shut down immunoglobulin class switching through inhibition of activation-induced cytidine deaminase, Ku70, Ku86, DNA-PKcs and STAT6.50
In conclusion, this is a comprehensive proteomic analysis of the WM cells in comparison with that of two other B LPDs. This study shows that WM harbors a unique proteome with regards to CLL and MZL cells. A rather limited set of proteins were found to be differentially expressed with no ‘usual suspects' being part of this list where the majority of proteins were rather housekeeping/structural proteins. The confirmation of the downregulation of Ku70—part of the Ku heterodimer, a critical factor in class switch recombination (lacking in WM)—and its mechanisms need to be further investigated in model systems.
We would like to thank Iozo Delic (CEA, Fontenay-aux-roses, France) and Ali Dalloul (EA RHEM, Nancy, France) for helpful advice and Manuel Chapelle (Plateforme Protéomique/ Spectrométrie de masse, Institut Jacques Monod, Paris, France) for allowing us to use the EXQuest spot cutter. AP was supported by a fellowship from the Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale. This work was supported by the Ligue régionale Alsace contre le Cancer, the Association pour la Recherche contre le Cancer (ARC), Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale (FRM) and Agence Nationale pour la Recherche (ANR) and the Laboratoire d'Excellence TRANSPLANTEX; a member of the Strasbourg University ‘Initiative in Excellence' (IDEX).
The authors declare no conflict of interest.
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