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Molecular and cytological features of the mouse B-cell lymphoma line iMyc-1

Author(s): Su Han Seong | Shaffer Arthur | Peng Liangping | Chung Seung | Lim Jae | Maeng Sungho | Su Kim Joong | McNeil Nicole | Ried Thomas | Staudt Louis | Janz Siegfried

Journal: Molecular Cancer
ISSN 1476-4598

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 40;
Date: 2005;
Original page

Abstract Background Myc-induced lymphoblastic B-cell lymphoma (LBL) in iMycEμ mice may provide a model system for the study of the mechanism by which human MYC facilitates the initiation and progression of B cell and plasma cell neoplasms in human beings. We have recently shown that gene-targeted iMycEμ mice that carry a His6-tagged mouse Myc cDNA, MycHis, just 5' of the immunoglobulin heavy-chain enhancer, Eμ, are prone to B cell and plasma cell tumors. The predominant tumor (~50%) that arose in the iMycEμ mice on the mixed genetic background of segregating C57BL/6 and 129/SvJ alleles was LBL. The purpose of this study was to establish and characterize a cell line, designated iMycEμ-1, for the in-depth evaluation of LBL in vitro. Methods The morphological features and the surface marker expression profile of the iMycEμ-1 cells were evaluated using cytological methods and FACS, respectively. The cytogenetic make-up of the iMycEμ-1 cells was assessed by spectral karyotyping (SKY). The expression of the inserted MycHis gene was determined using RT-PCR and qPCR. Clonotypic immunoglobulin gene arrangements were detected by Southern blotting. The global gene expression program of the iMycEμ-1 cells and the expression of 768 "pathway" genes were determined with the help of the Mouse Lymphochip© and Superarray© cDNA micro- and macroarrays, respectively. Array results were verified, in part, by RT-PCR and qPCR. Results Consistent with their derivation from LBL, the iMycEμ-1 cells were found to be neoplastic IgMhighIgDlow lymphoblasts that expressed typical B-cell surface markers including CD40, CD54 (ICAM-1), CD80 (B7-1) and CD86 (B7-2). The iMycEμ-1 cells harbored a reciprocal T(9;11) and three non-reciprocal chromosomal translocations, over-expressed MycHis at the expense of normal Myc, and exhibited gene expression changes on Mouse Lymphochip© microarrays that were consistent with MycHis-driven B-cell neoplasia. Upon comparison to normal B cells using eight different Superarray© cDNA macroarrays, the iMycEμ-1 cells showed the highest number of changes on the NFκB array. Conclusion The iMycEμ-1 cells may provide a uniquely useful model system to study the growth and survival requirements of Myc-driven mouse LBL in vitro.
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