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Carmen Vicente Vázquez

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Autores: Vicente, Carmen, (Autor de correspondencia); Arriazu, Elena; Martinez-Balsalobre, E.; et al.
ISSN 0304-3835  Vol. 468  2019  págs. 1 - 13
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is an aggressive disease associated with very poor prognosis. Most patients are older than 60 years, and in this group only 5-15% of cases survive over 5 years. Therefore, it is urgent to develop more effective targeted therapies. Inactivation of protein phosphatase 2 A (PP2A) is a recurrent event in AML, and overexpression of its endogenous inhibitor SET is detected in similar to 30% of patients. The PP2A activating drug FTY720 has potent anti-leukemic effects; nevertheless, FTY720 induces cardiotoxicity at the anti-neoplastic dose. Here, we have developed a series of non-phosphorylable FTY720 analogues as a new therapeutic strategy for AML. Our results show that the lead compound CM-1231 re-activates PP2A by targeting SET-PP2A interaction, inhibiting cell proliferation and promoting apoptosis in AML cell lines and primary patient samples. Notably, CM-1231 did not induce cardiac toxicity, unlike FTY720, in zebrafish models, and reduced the invasion and aggressiveness of AML cells more than FTY720 in zebrafish xenograft models. In conclusion, CM-1231 is safer and more effective than FTY720; therefore, this compound could represent a novel and promising approach for treating AML patients with SET overexpression.
Autores: Broux, M. ; Prieto, C.; Demeyer, S.; et al.
Revista: BLOOD
ISSN 0006-4971  Vol. 134  Nº 16  2019  págs. 1323 - 1336
The polycomb repressive complex 2, with core components EZH2, SUZ12, and EED, is responsible for writing histone 3 lysine 27 trimethylation histone marks associated with gene repression. Analysis of sequence data from 419 T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) cases demonstrated a significant association between SUZ12 and JAK3 mutations. Here we show that CRISPR/Cas9-mediated inactivation of Suz12 cooperates with mutant JAK3 to drive T-cell transformation and T-ALL development. Gene expression profiling integrated with ChIP-seq and ATAC-seq data established that inactivation of Suz12 led to increased PI3K/mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and WNT signaling. Moreover, a drug screen revealed that JAK3/Suz12 mutant leukemia cells were more sensitive to histone deacetylase (HDAC)6 inhibition than JAK3 mutant leukemia cells. Among the broad genome and gene expression changes observed on Suz12 inactivation, our integrated analysis identified the PI3K/mTOR, VEGF/VEGF receptor, and HDAC6/HSP90 pathways as specific vulnerabilities in T-ALL cells with combined JAK3 and SUZ12 mutations.
Autores: Arriazu, Elena; Vicente, Carmen; Pippa, R.; et al.
ISSN 0390-6078  Vol. 102  Nº Suppl. 2  2017  págs. 205 - 205
Autores: Garcia-Ramirez, P.; Vicente, Carmen; Arriazu, Elena; et al.
ISSN 0390-6078  Vol. 102  2017  págs. 50 - 50
Autores: Dagklis, A.; Demeyer, S.; De Bie, J.; et al.
Revista: BLOOD
ISSN 0006-4971  Vol. 128  Nº 23  2016  págs. 2642 - 2654
T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) is an aggressive childhood leukemia that is caused by the accumulation of multiple genomic lesions resulting in transcriptional deregulation and increased cell proliferation and survival. Through analysis of gene expression data, we provide evidence that the hedgehog pathway is activated in 20% of T-ALL samples. Hedgehog pathway activation is associated with ectopic expression of the hedgehog ligands SHH or IHH, and with upregulation of the transcription factor GLI1. Ectopic expression of SHH or IHH in mouse T-cells in vivo caused hedgehog pathway activation in both lymphoid and epithelial cells in the thymus and resulted in increased expression of important T-cell stimulatory ligands (Dll4, Il7, Vegf) by thymic epithelial cells. In T-ALL cell lines, pharmacological inhibition or siRNA mediated knock-down of SMO or GLI1 led to decreased cell proliferation. Moreover, primary T-ALL cases with high GLI1 mRNA levels, but not those with low or undetectable GLI1 expression, were sensitive to hedgehog pathway inhibition by GANT61 or GDC-0449 (vismodegib) using ex vivo cultures and in vivo xenograft models. We identify the hedgehog pathway as a novel therapeutic target in T-ALL and demonstrate that FDA approved hedgehog inhibitors could be used for the treatment of this rare leukemia.
Autores: Vicente, Carmen; Conchillo, María de los Ángeles; García-Sánchez, MA; et al.
Revista: Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology
ISSN 1040-8428  Vol. 82  Nº 1  2012  págs. 1 - 17
Autores: Vázquez, Iria; Cervera, J.; et al.
ISSN 0390-6078  Vol. 96  Nº 10  2011  págs. 1448 - 1456
Our results identify EVI1 over-expression as a poor prognostic marker in a large, independent cohort of acute myeloid leukemia patients less than 65 years old, and show that the total absence of EVI1 expression has a prognostic impact on the outcome of such patients. Furthermore, we demonstrated for the first time that an aberrant epigenetic pattern involving DNA methylation, H3 and H4 acetylation, and trimethylation of histone H3 lysine 4 and histone H3 lysine 27 might play a role in the transcriptional regulation of EVI1 in acute myeloid leukemia. This study opens new avenues for a better understanding of the regulation of EVI1 expression at a transcriptional level.
Autores: Alonso, Marta María, (Autor de correspondencia); Diez Valle, Ricardo; Rubio, A; et al.
Revista: PLoS One
ISSN 1932-6203  Vol. 6  Nº 11  2011  págs.  -
We undertook this study to understand how the transcription factor Sox2 contributes to the malignant phenotype of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most aggressive primary brain tumor. We initially looked for unbalanced genomic rearrangements in the Sox2 locus in 42 GBM samples and found that Sox2 was amplified in 11.5% and overexpressed in all the samples. These results prompted us to further investigate the mechanisms involved in Sox2 overexpression in GBM. We analyzed the methylation status of the Sox2 promoter because high CpG density promoters are associated with key developmental genes. The Sox2 promoter presented a CpG island that was hypomethylated in all the patient samples when compared to normal cell lines. Treatment of Sox2-negative glioma cell lines with 5-azacitidine resulted in the re-expression of Sox2 and in a change in the methylation status of the Sox2 promoter. We further confirmed these results by analyzing data from GBM cases generated by The Cancer Genome Atlas project. We observed Sox2 overexpression (86%; N¿=¿414), Sox2 gene amplification (8.5%; N¿=¿492), and Sox 2 promoter hypomethylation (100%; N¿=¿258), suggesting the relevance of this factor in the malignant phenotype of GBMs. To further explore the role of Sox2, we performed in vitro analysis with brain tumor stem cells (BTSCs) and established glioma cell lines. Downmodulation of Sox2 in BTSCs resulted in the loss of their self-renewal properties. Surprisingly, ectopic expression of Sox2 in esta
Autores: Blanco, F. J.; García-Orti, L.; et al.
Revista: BLOOD
ISSN 0006-4971  Vol. 115  Nº 3  2010  págs. 615 - 625
Acute myeloid leukemias (AMLs) result from multiple genetic alterations in hematopoietic stem cells. We describe a novel t(12; 18)(p13;q12) involving ETV6 in a patient with AML. The translocation resulted in overexpression of SETBP1 (18q12), located close to the breakpoint. Overexpression of SETBP1 through retroviral insertion has been reported to confer growth advantage in hematopoietic progenitor cells. We show that SETBP1 overexpression protects SET from protease cleavage, increasing the amount of full-length SET protein and leading to the formation of a SETBP1 SET-PP2A complex that results in PP2A inhibition, promoting proliferation of the leukemic cells. The prevalence of SETBP1 overexpression in AML at diagnosis (n=192) was 27.6% and was associated with unfavorable cytogenetic prognostic group, monosomy 7, and EVI1 overexpression (P <.01). Patients with SETBP1 overexpression had a significantly shorter overall survival, and the prognosis impact was remarkably poor in patients older than 60 years in both overall survival (P=.015) and event-free survival (P=.015). In summary, our data show a novel leukemogenic mechanism through SETBP1 overexpression; moreover, multivariate analysis confirms the negative prognostic impact of SETBP1 overexpression in AML, especially in elderly patients, where it could be used as a predictive factor in any future clinical trials with PP2A activators.
Autores: Conchillo, Ana; Vázquez, Iria; et al.
ISSN 0007-0920  Vol. 103  Nº 8  2010  págs. 1292 - 1296
BAKGROUND: The EVI1(ecotropic virus integration site 1) gene codes for a zinc-finger transcription factor, whose transcriptional activation leads to a particularly aggressive form of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). Although, EVI1 interactions with key proteins in hematopoiesis have been previously described, the precise role of this transcription factor in promoting leukaemic transformation is not completely understood. Recent works have identified specific microRNA (miRNA) signatures in different AML subgroups. However, there is no analysis of miRNAs profiles associated with EVI1 overexpression in humans. METHODS: We performed QT-RT-PCR to assess the expression of 250 miRNAs in cell lines with or without EVI1 overexpression and in patient samples. We used ChIP assays to evaluated the possible binding of EVI1 binding to the putative miRNA promoter. Proliferation of the different cell lines transfected with the anti-or pre-miRs was quantified by MTT. RESULTS: Our data showed that EVI1 expression was significantly correlated with the expression of miR-1-2 and miR-133-a-1 in established cell lines and in patient samples. ChIP assays confirmed that EVI1 binds directly to the promoter of these two miRNAs. However, only miR-1-2 was involved in abnormal proliferation in EVI1 expressing cell lines. CONCLUSIONS: Our data showed that EVI1 controls proliferation in AML through modulation of miR-1-2. This study contributes to further understand the transcriptional networks involving transcription factors and miRNAs in AML.