Expression of BCR/ABL p210 from a Knockin Allele Enhances Bone Marrow Engraftment without Inducing Neoplasia

Samantha B. Foley, Zacariah L. Hildenbrand, Abigail A. Soyombo, Jeffery A. Magee, Yipin Wu, Katherine I. Oravecz-Wilson, Theodora S. Ross

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Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and some acute lymphoblastic leukemias are characterized by the t(9;22) chromosome, which encodes the BCR/ABL oncogene. Multiple mouse models of CML express BCR/ABL at high levels from non-. Bcr promoters, resulting in the development of leukemias. In contrast, a significant fraction of healthy humans have been found to have BCR/ABL-positive hematopoietic cells. To bridge the gap between the information derived from current mouse models and nonleukemic humans with the BCR/ABL oncogene, we generated a knockin model with BCR/ABL p210 expressed from the Bcr locus. Unlike previous models, expression of BCR/ABL from the knockin allele did not induce leukemia. BCR/ABL mutant cells did exhibit favorable bone marrow engraftment compared to control cells. These data suggest that BCR/ABL expression alone is insufficient to induce disease. This model allows for inducible spatial and temporal control of BCR/ABL expression for analysis of early steps in the pathogenesis of BCR/ABL-expressing leukemias

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-60
Number of pages10
JournalCell Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 17 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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