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TET1/2/3 are methylcytosine dioxygenases that regulate cytosine hydroxymethylation. Tet1/2 are abundantly expressed in HSC/HPCs and are implicated in hematological malignancies. Tet2 deletion in mice causes myeloid malignancies, while Tet1-null mice develop B cell lymphoma after an extended period of latency. Interestingly, TET1/2 are often concomitantly downregulated in acute B-lymphocytic leukemia. Here, we investigated the overlapping and non-redundant functions of Tet1/2 using Tet1/2 double-knockout (DKO) mice. DKO and Tet2(-/-) HSC/HPCs show overlapping and unique 5hmC and 5mC profiles. DKO mice exhibit strikingly decreased incidence and delayed onset of myeloidmalignancies in comparison to Tet2(-/-) mice and in contrast develop lethal B cell malignancies. Transcriptome analysis of DKO tumors reveals expression changes in many genes dysregulated in human B cell malignancies, including LMO2, BCL6, and MYC. These results highlight the critical roles of TET1/2 individually and together in the pathogenesis of hematological malignancies.
Zhao, Zhigang; Chen, Li; Dawlaty, Meelad M.; Pan, Feng; Weeks, Ophelia; Zhou, Yuan; Cao, Zeng; Shi, Hui; Wang, Jiapeng; Lin, Li; Chen, Shi; Yuan, Weiping; Qin, Zhaohui; Ni, Hongyu; Nimer, Stephen D.; Yang, Feng-Chun; Jaenisch, Rudolf; and Jin, Peng, "Combined Loss of Tet1 and Tet2 Promotes B Cell, but Not Myeloid Malignancies, in Mice" (2015). Department of Biological Sciences. Paper 75.