The theory of APL revisited

P. P. Scaglioni, P. P. Pandolfi

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Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) is associated with reciprocal and balanced chromosomal translocations always involving the retinoic acid receptor α (RARα) gene on chromosome 17 and variable partner genes (X genes) on distinct chromosomes. RARα fuses to the PML gene in themajority of APL cases, and in a few cases to the PLZF, NPM, NuMA and STAT5b genes. As a consequence, X-RARα and RARα-X fusion genes are generated encoding aberrant chimeric proteins that exert critical oncogenic functions. Here we will integrate some of the most recent findings in APL research in a unified model and discuss some of the outstanding questions that remain to be addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-100
Number of pages16
JournalCurrent Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
StatePublished - 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Microbiology


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