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Title: KRASG12D expression in lung-resident myeloid cells promotes pulmonary LCH-like neoplasm sensitive to statin treatment
Authors: Kamata, Tamihiro
Giblett, Susan
Pritchard, Catrin
First Published: 26-May-2017
Publisher: American Society of Hematology
Citation: Blood, 2017, 130 (4), pp. 514-526
Abstract: Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is a rare histiocytic neoplasm associated with somatic mutations in the genes involved in the RAF/MEK/extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) signaling pathway. Recently, oncogenic mutations in NRAS/KRAS, upstream regulators of the RAF/MEK/ERK pathway, have been reported in pulmonary, but not in nonpulmonary, LCH cases, suggesting organ-specific contribution of oncogenic RAS to LCH pathogenesis. Using a mouse model expressing KRASG12D in the lung by nasal delivery of adenoviral Cre recombinase (Cre), here we show that KRASG12D expression in lung-resident myeloid cells induces pulmonary LCH-like neoplasms composed of pathogenic CD11chighF4/80+CD207+ cells. The pathogenic cells were mitotically inactive, but proliferating precursors were detected in primary cultures of lung tissue. These precursors were derived, at least in part, from CD11cdimCD11bintGr1− lung-resident monocytic cells transformed by KRASG12D. In contrast, BRAFV600E expression induced by the same method failed to develop LCH-like neoplasms, suggesting that each oncogene may initiate pulmonary LCH by transforming different types of lung-resident myeloid cells. In vivo treatment of the KRASG12D-induced LCH-like mouse with the cholesterol-lowering drug atorvastatin ameliorated the pathology, implicating statins as potential therapeutics against a subset of pulmonary LCH.
DOI Link: 10.1182/blood-2017-02-770149
ISSN: 0006-4971
eISSN: 1528-0020
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2017 The American Society of Hematology. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
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