Posttranscriptional control of gene expression is important for defining both normal and pathological cellular phenotypes. In vitro, RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) have recently been shown to play important roles in posttranscriptional regulation; however, the contribution of RBPs to cell specification is not well understood. Here, we determined that the RBP insulin-like growth factor 2 mRNA-binding protein 3 (IGF2BP3) is specifically overexpressed in mixed lineage leukemia–rearranged (MLL-rearranged) B-acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL), which constitutes a subtype of this malignancy associated with poor prognosis and high risk of relapse. IGF2BP3 was required for the survival of B-ALL cell lines, as knockdown led to decreased proliferation and increased apoptosis. Enforced expression of IGF2BP3 provided murine BM cells with a strong survival advantage, led to proliferation of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells, and skewed hematopoietic development to the B cell/myeloid lineage. Cross-link immunoprecipitation and high throughput sequencing uncovered the IGF2BP3-regulated transcriptome, which includes oncogenes
Jayanth Kumar Palanichamy, Tiffany M. Tran, Jonathan M. Howard, Jorge R. Contreras, Thilini R. Fernando, Timothy Sterne-Weiler, Sol Katzman, Masoud Toloue, Weihong Yan, Giuseppe Basso, Martina Pigazzi, Jeremy R. Sanford, Dinesh S. Rao
Enforced expression of IGF2BP3 leads to enhanced engraftment and skewing toward B cell/myeloid development.