CD79a promotes CNS-infiltration and leukemia engraftment in pediatric B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia


Lenk L, Carlet M, Vogiatzi F, Spory L, Winterberg D, Cousins A, Vossen-Gajcy M, Ibruli O, Vokuhl C, Cario G, El Ayoubi O, Kramer L, Ritgen M, Brüggemann M, Häsler R, Schrappe M, Fuhrmann S, Halsey C, Jeremias I, Hobeika E, Jumaa H, Alsadeq A, Schewe DM


Commun Biol

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2021 Jan 15;4(1):73



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Central nervous system (CNS) involvement remains a challenge in the diagnosis and treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). In this study, we identify CD79a (also known as Igα), a signaling component of the preB cell receptor (preBCR), to be associated with CNS-infiltration and -relapse in B-cell precursor (BCP)-ALL patients. Furthermore, we show that downregulation of CD79a hampers the engraftment of leukemia cells in different murine xenograft models, particularly in the CNS.

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