Crosstalk between leukemia-associated proteins MOZ and MLL regulates HOX gene expression in human cord blood CD34 cells

J. Paggetti*, A. Largeot (Main author), R. Aucagne, A. Jacquel, B. Lagrange, X. J. Yang, E. Solary, J. N. Bastie, L. Delva

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    Abstract

    MOZ and MLL, encoding a histone acetyltransferase (HAT) and a histone methyltransferase, respectively, are targets for recurrent chromosomal translocations found in acute myeloblastic or lymphoblastic leukemia. In MOZ (MOnocytic leukemia Zinc-finger protein)/CBP- or mixed lineage leukemia (MLL)-rearranged leukemias, abnormal levels of HOX transcription factors have been found to be critical for leukemogenesis. We show that MOZ and MLL cooperate to regulate these key genes in human cord blood CD34 cells. These chromatin-modifying enzymes interact, colocalize and functionally cooperate, and both are recruited to multiple HOX promoters. We also found that WDR5, an adaptor protein essential for lysine 4 trimethylation of histone H3 (H3K4me3) by MLL, colocalizes and interacts with MOZ. We detected the binding of the HAT MOZ to H3K4me3, thus linking histone methylation to acetylation. In CD34 cells, depletion of MLL causes release of MOZ from HOX promoters, which is correlated to defective histone activation marks, leading to repression of HOX gene expression and alteration of commitment of CD34 cells into myeloid progenitors. Thus, our results unveil the role of the interaction between MOZ and MLL in CD34 cells in which both proteins have a critical role in hematopoietic cell-fate decision, suggesting a new molecular mechanism by which MOZ or MLL deregulation leads to leukemogenesis.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)5019-5031
    Number of pages13
    JournalOncogene
    Volume29
    Issue number36
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 9 Sep 2010

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