Characterization of two novel sublines established from a human megakaryoblastic leukemia cell line transfected with p210(BCR-ABL)

Ellin Berman, Suresh Jhanwar, Mary McBride, Annabel Strife, David Wisniewski, Caryl Lambek, Bayard Clarkson

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Disease progression in chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) is usually accompanied by chromosomal abnormalities such as an additional Ph chromosome, trisomies of chromosome 8 or 19, or i(17) in addition to the standard translocation t(9;22) (q34;q11). However, detailed studies of the various steps involved during this evolution are difficult to perform, thereby making the study of cell lines that contain the transposed genes BCR-ABL, especially those of human origin, an important focus. In this analysis we investigated the human megakaryoblastic cell line MO7e and its subline transfected with BCR-ABL, MO7e/p210. Initial studies demonstrated that the phenotype of the MO7e line was consistent with a megakaryocytic lineage as originally described and was growth factor dependent in liquid culture. The MO7e/p210 subline, however, was growth factor independent and could be further separated into two distinct sublines based on expression of glycophorin A using the monoclonal antibody R10. The subline R10 negative (R10-) was similar to the parent line MO7e but R10 positive (R10+) cells had a distinct erythroid phenotype. In addition, the R10- and R10+ sublines demonstrated strikingly different colony morphology when cultured in semisolid medium. Furthermore, R10+ cells had additional chromosomal abnormalities not detected in the R10- population. These results demonstrate that the insertion of the BCR-ABL in this human leukemia cell line resulted in two distinct subpopulations of cells, each now growth factor independent, but one with a phenotype and karyotype identical to the parent cell line and the other with a different phenotype and additional chromosomal abnormalities. These two subpopulations derived from the MO7e/p210 transfected cell line may prove useful in further understanding the multistep events that occur in the progression of this disease. Copyright (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-297
Number of pages9
JournalLeukemia Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • CML evolution
  • Ph+ transfected cell line


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