Highly Restricted Usage of Ig H Chain V(H)14 Family Gene Segments in Slp65-Deficient Pre-B Cell Leukemia in Mice

VBT Ta, MJW de Bruijn, L Matheson, M Zoller, MP Bach, H Wardemann, H Jumaa, A Corcoran, Rudi Hendriks

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Mice deficient for the adapter protein Slp65 (also known as Blnk), a key component in precursor-BCR (pre-BCR) signaling, spontaneously develop pre-B cell leukemia. In these leukemias, proliferation is thought to be driven by constitutive Jak3/Stat5 signaling, mostly due to autocrine production of IL-7, together with high surface expression of the pre-BCR. In this study, we investigated whether particular IgH specificities would predispose Slp65-deficient pre-B cells to malignant transformation. Whereas V-H-D-J(H) junctions were diverse, we found highly restricted Ig V-H gene usage: 55 out of 60 (similar to 92%) leukemias used a V(H)14/SM7-family gene, mainly V(H)14-1 and V(H)14-2. When combined with surrogate or conventional L chains, these V(H)14 IgH chains did not provide increased proliferative signals or exhibit enhanced poly-or autoreactivity. We therefore conclude that pre-BCR specificity per se did not contribute to oncogenic transformation. Remarkably, in a high proportion of Slp65-deficient leukemias, the nonexpressed IgH allele also harbored a V(H)14-family rearrangement (10 out of 50) or was in the germline configuration (10 out of 50). V(H)14-1 and V(H)14-2 gene regions differed from their neighboring V-H genes in that they showed active H3K4me3 histone modification marks and germline transcription at the pro-B cell stage in Rag1-deficient mice. Taken together, these findings demonstrate that in Slp65-deficient mice, malignant transformation is largely limited to particular pre-B cells that originate from pro-B cells that had restricted IgH V-H region accessibility at the time of V-H-to D-J(H) recombination. The Journal of Immunology, 2012, 189: 4842-4851.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)4842-4851
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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