Session: 603. Oncogenes and Tumor Suppressors: Poster II
Hematology Disease Topics & Pathways:
Leukemia, ALL, Diseases, Lymphoid Malignancies
Our study investigates a novel transcription factor, odd-skipped related transcription factor 2 (OSR2), which we hypothesize is a putative T-ALL tumor suppressor. We are using a zebrafish T-ALL model expressing transgenic human MYC (hMYC) regulated by a lymphoblast-specific promoter, rag2. Prior work in zebrafish and human T-ALL found low OSR2 levels in ~95% of T-ALL. Based on this, we then used RNA-seq to analyze 10 hMYC zebrafish T-ALL, confirming low-to-absent osr2 in all 10 T-ALL relative to wild-type (WT) T cells. We further confirmed decreased osr2 expression by qRT-PCR of additional T-ALL and WT thymocytes. We hypothesized that if OSR2 suppresses T-ALL, impaired zebrafish Osr2 function might increase T-ALL incidence and shorten latency. To test this, we bred osr2-mutant fish to rag2:hMYC transgenic animals to create three genotypes: heterozygous osr2-mutant (osr2het) fish, heterozygous hMYC (hMYC het) fish, and compound-heterozygote (osr2het;hMYChet) fish. We screened these genotypes for T-ALL incidence by serial fluorescence microscopy, with T-ALL subsequently confirmed by fluorescence-based flow cytometry. By 7 months of age, we found 9/18 (50%) of double-heterozygous fish developed T-ALL, compared to 0/7 hMYChet fish (p = 0.026); osr2het fish also did not develop T-ALL. Together, our findings suggest osr2 allelic loss accelerates MYC-driven T-ALL, supporting our hypothesis that osr2 is a T-ALL tumor suppressor.
Disclosures: No relevant conflicts of interest to declare.