A three-dimensional in vitro model of erythropoiesis recapitulates erythroid failure in myelodysplastic syndromes.
ABSTRACT: Established cell culture systems have failed to accurately recapitulate key features of terminal erythroid maturation, hampering our ability to in vitro model and treat diseases with impaired erythropoiesis such as myelodysplastic syndromes with ring sideroblasts (MDS-RS). We developed an efficient and robust three-dimensional (3D) scaffold culture model supporting terminal erythroid differentiation from both mononuclear (MNC) or CD34+-enriched primary bone marrow cells from healthy donors and MDS-RS patients. While CD34+ cells did not proliferate beyond two weeks in 2D suspension cultures, the 3D scaffolds supported CD34+ and MNC erythroid proliferation over four weeks demonstrating the importance of the 3D environment. CD34+ cells cultured in 3D facilitated the highest expansion and maturation of erythroid cells, including generation of erythroblastic islands and enucleated erythrocytes, while MNCs supported multi-lineage hemopoietic differentiation and cytokine secretion relevant for MDS-RS. Importantly, MDS-RS 3D-cultures supported de novo generation of ring sideroblasts and maintenance of the mutated clone. The 3D cultures effectively model a clonal disease characterized by terminal erythroid failure and can be used to assess therapeutic compounds.
Project description:DISEASE OVERVIEW:Ring sideroblasts (RS) are erythroid precursors with abnormal perinuclear mitochondrial iron accumulation. Two myeloid neoplasms defined by the presence of RS, include refractory anemia with ring sideroblasts (RARS), now classified under myelodysplastic syndromes with RS (MDS-RS) and RARS with thrombocytosis (RARS-T); now called myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative neoplasm with RS and thrombocytosis (MDS/MPN-RS-T). DIAGNOSIS:MDS-RS is a lower risk MDS, with single or multilineage dysplasia (SLD/MLD), <5% bone marrow (BM) blasts and ?15% BM RS (?5% in the presence of SF3B1 mutations). MDS/MPN-RS-T, now a formal entity in the MDS/MPN overlap syndromes, has diagnostic features of MDS-RS-SLD, along with a platelet count???450 × 10(9)/L and large atypical megakaryocytes (similar to BCR-ABL1 negative MPN). MUTATIONS AND KARYOTYPE:Mutations in SF3B1 are seen in ?80% of patients with MDS-RS-SLD and MDS/MPN-RS-T, and strongly correlate with the presence of BM RS; MDS/MPN-RS-T patients also demonstrate JAK2V617F, ASXL1, DNMT3A, SETBP1, and TET2 mutations; with ASXL1/SETBP1 mutations adversely impacting survival. Cytogenetic abnormalities are uncommon in both diseases. RISK STRATIFICATION:Most patients with MDS-RS-SLD are stratified into lower risk groups by the revised-International Prognostic Scoring System (R-IPSS). Disease outcome in MDS/MPN-RS-T is better than that of MDS-RS-SLD, but worse than that of essential thrombocythemia. Both diseases have a low risk of leukemic TREATMENT: Anemia and iron overload are complications seen in both and are managed similar to lower risk MDS and MPN. Aspirin therapy is reasonable in MDS/MPN-RS-T, especially in the presence of JAK2V617F, but the value of platelet-lowering drugs is uncertain.
Project description:Mutations in the RNA splicing gene <i>SF3B1</i> are found in >80% of patients with myelodysplastic syndrome with ring sideroblasts (MDS-RS). We investigated the origin of <i>SF3B1</i> mutations within the bone marrow hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell compartments in patients with MDS-RS. Screening for recurrently mutated genes in the mononuclear cell fraction revealed mutations in <i>SF3B1</i> in 39 of 40 cases (97.5%), combined with <i>TET2</i> and <i>DNMT3A</i> in 11 (28%) and 6 (15%) patients, respectively. All recurrent mutations identified in mononuclear cells could be tracked back to the phenotypically defined hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) compartment in all investigated patients and were also present in downstream myeloid and erythroid progenitor cells. While in agreement with previous studies, little or no evidence for clonal (<i>SF3B1</i> mutation) involvement could be found in mature B cells, consistent involvement at the pro-B-cell progenitor stage was established, providing definitive evidence for <i>SF3B1</i> mutations targeting lymphomyeloid HSCs and compatible with mutated <i>SF3B1</i> negatively affecting lymphoid development. Assessment of stem cell function in vitro as well as in vivo established that only HSCs and not investigated progenitor populations could propagate the <i>SF3B1</i> mutated clone. Upon transplantation into immune-deficient mice, <i>SF3B1</i> mutated MDS-RS HSCs differentiated into characteristic ring sideroblasts, the hallmark of MDS-RS. Our findings provide evidence of a multipotent lymphomyeloid HSC origin of <i>SF3B1</i> mutations in MDS-RS patients and provide a novel in vivo platform for mechanistically and therapeutically exploring <i>SF3B1</i> mutated MDS-RS.
Project description:More than 80% of patients with the refractory anemia with ring sideroblasts subtype of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) have mutations in Splicing Factor 3B, Subunit 1 (SF3B1). We generated a conditional knockin mouse model of the most common SF3B1 mutation, Sf3b1(K700E). Sf3b1(K700E) mice develop macrocytic anemia due to a terminal erythroid maturation defect, erythroid dysplasia, and long-term hematopoietic stem cell (LT-HSC) expansion. Sf3b1(K700E) myeloid progenitors and SF3B1-mutant MDS patient samples demonstrate aberrant 3' splice-site selection associated with increased nonsense-mediated decay. Tet2 loss cooperates with Sf3b1(K700E) to cause a more severe erythroid and LT-HSC phenotype. Furthermore, the spliceosome modulator, E7017, selectively kills SF3B1(K700E)-expressing cells. Thus, SF3B1(K700E) expression reflects the phenotype of the mutation in MDS and may be a therapeutic target in MDS.
Project description:The splicing factor SF3B1 is the most commonly mutated gene in the myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), particularly in patients with refractory anemia with ring sideroblasts (RARS). We investigated the functional effects of SF3B1 disruption in myeloid cell lines: SF3B1 knockdown resulted in growth inhibition, cell cycle arrest and impaired erythroid differentiation and deregulation of many genes and pathways, including cell cycle regulation and RNA processing. MDS is a disorder of the hematopoietic stem cell and we thus studied the transcriptome of CD34(+) cells from MDS patients with SF3B1 mutations using RNA sequencing. Genes significantly differentially expressed at the transcript and/or exon level in SF3B1 mutant compared with wild-type cases include genes that are involved in MDS pathogenesis (ASXL1 and CBL), iron homeostasis and mitochondrial metabolism (ALAS2, ABCB7 and SLC25A37) and RNA splicing/processing (PRPF8 and HNRNPD). Many genes regulated by a DNA damage-induced BRCA1-BCLAF1-SF3B1 protein complex showed differential expression/splicing in SF3B1 mutant cases. This is the first study to determine the target genes of SF3B1 mutation in MDS CD34(+) cells. Our data indicate that SF3B1 has a critical role in MDS by affecting the expression and splicing of genes involved in specific cellular processes/pathways, many of which are relevant to the known RARS pathophysiology, suggesting a causal link.
Project description:The presence of SF3B1 gene mutations is a hallmark of refractory anemia with ring sideroblasts (RARS). However, the mechanisms responsible for iron accumulation that characterize the Myelodysplastic Syndrome with ring sideroblasts (MDS-RS) are not completely understood. In order to gain insight in the molecular basis of MDS-RS, an integrative study of the expression and mutational status of genes related to iron and mitochondrial metabolism was carried out. A total of 231 low-risk MDS patients and 81 controls were studied. Gene expression analysis revealed that iron metabolism and mitochondrial function had the highest number of genes deregulated in RARS patients compared to controls and the refractory cytopenias with unilineage dysplasia (RCUD). Thus mitochondrial transporters SLC25 (SLC25A37 and SLC25A38) and ALAD genes were over-expressed in RARS. Moreover, significant differences were observed between patients with SF3B1 mutations and patients without the mutations. The deregulation of genes involved in iron and mitochondrial metabolism provides new insights in our knowledge of MDS-RS. New variants that could be involved in the pathogenesis of these diseases have been identified.
Project description:SF3B1 is a core component of splicing machinery. Mutations in SF3B1 are frequently found in myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), particularly in patients with refractory anemia with ringed sideroblasts (RARS), characterized by isolated anemia. SF3B1 mutations have been implicated in the pathophysiology of RARS; however, the physiological function of SF3B1 in erythropoiesis remains unknown.shRNA-mediated approach was used to knockdown SF3B1 in human CD34+ cells. The effects of SF3B1 knockdown on human erythroid cell differentiation, cell cycle, and apoptosis were assessed by flow cytometry. RNA-seq, qRT-PCR, and western blot analyses were used to define the mechanisms of phenotypes following knockdown of SF3B1.We document that SF3B1 knockdown in human CD34+ cells leads to increased apoptosis and cell cycle arrest of early-stage erythroid cells and generation of abnormally nucleated late-stage erythroblasts. RNA-seq analysis of SF3B1-knockdown erythroid progenitor CFU-E cells revealed altered splicing of an E3 ligase Makorin Ring Finger Protein 1 (MKRN1) and subsequent activation of p53 pathway. Importantly, ectopic expression of MKRN1 rescued SF3B1-knockdown-induced alterations. Decreased expression of genes involved in mitosis/cytokinesis pathway including polo-like kinase 1 (PLK1) was noted in SF3B1-knockdown polychromatic and orthochromatic erythroblasts comparing to control cells. Pharmacologic inhibition of PLK1 also led to generation of abnormally nucleated erythroblasts.These findings enabled us to identify novel roles for SF3B1 in human erythropoiesis and provided new insights into its role in regulating normal erythropoiesis. Furthermore, these findings have implications for improved understanding of ineffective erythropoiesis in MDS patients with SF3B1 mutations.
Project description:Sideroblastic anemia is characterized by anemia with the emergence of ring sideroblasts in the bone marrow. There are two forms of sideroblastic anemia, i.e., congenital sideroblastic anemia (CSA) and acquired sideroblastic anemia. In order to clarify the pathophysiology of sideroblastic anemia, a nationwide survey consisting of clinical and molecular genetic analysis was performed in Japan. As of January 31, 2012, data of 137 cases of sideroblastic anemia, including 72 cases of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)-refractory cytopenia with multilineage dysplasia (RCMD), 47 cases of MDS-refractory anemia with ring sideroblasts (RARS), and 18 cases of CSA, have been collected. Hemoglobin and MCV level in CSA are significantly lower than those of MDS, whereas serum iron level in CSA is significantly higher than those of MDS. Of 14 CSA for which DNA was available for genetic analysis, 10 cases were diagnosed as X-linked sideroblastic anemia due to ALAS2 gene mutation. The mutation of SF3B1 gene, which was frequently mutated in MDS-RS, was not detected in CSA patients. Together with the difference of clinical data, it is suggested that genetic background, which is responsible for the development of CSA, is different from that of MDS-RS.
Project description:Whole exome/genome sequencing has been fundamental in the identification of somatic mutations in the spliceosome machinery in myelodysplastic syndromes (MDSs) and other hematologic disorders. SF3B1, splicing factor 3b subunit 1 is mutated in 60%-80% of refractory anemia with ring sideroblasts (RARS) and RARS associated with thrombocytosis (RARS-T), 2 distinct subtypes of MDS and MDS/myeloproliferative neoplasms (MDSs/MPNs). An idiosyncratic feature of RARS/RARS-T is the presence of abnormal sideroblasts characterized by iron overload in the mitochondria, called RS. Based on the high frequency of mutations of SF3B1 in RARS/RARS-T, we investigated the consequences of SF3B1 alterations. Ultrastructurally, SF3B1 mutants showed altered iron distribution characterized by coarse iron deposits compared with wild-type RARS patients by transmission electron microscopy. SF3B1 knockdown experiments in K562 cells resulted in down-regulation of U2-type intron-splicing by RT-PCR. RNA-sequencing analysis of SF3B1 mutants showed differentially used genes relevant in MDS pathogenesis, such as ASXL1, CBL, EZH, and RUNX families. A SF3B pharmacologic inhibitor, meayamycin, induced the formation of RS in healthy BM cells. Further, BM aspirates of Sf3b1 heterozygous knockout mice showed RS by Prussian blue. In conclusion, we report the first experimental evidence of the association between SF3B1 and RS phenotype. Our data suggest that SF3B1 haploinsufficiency leads to RS formation.
Project description:The splicing factor SF3B1 is the most frequently mutated gene in myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), and is strongly associated with the presence of ring sideroblasts (RS). We have performed a systematic analysis of cryptic splicing abnormalities from RNA sequencing data on hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) of SF3B1-mutant MDS cases with RS. Aberrant splicing events in many downstream target genes were identified and cryptic 3' splice site usage was a frequent event in SF3B1-mutant MDS. The iron transporter ABCB7 is a well-recognized candidate gene showing marked downregulation in MDS with RS. Our analysis unveiled aberrant ABCB7 splicing, due to usage of an alternative 3' splice site in MDS patient samples, giving rise to a premature termination codon in the ABCB7 mRNA. Treatment of cultured SF3B1-mutant MDS erythroblasts and a CRISPR/Cas9-generated SF3B1-mutant cell line with the nonsense-mediated decay (NMD) inhibitor cycloheximide showed that the aberrantly spliced ABCB7 transcript is targeted by NMD. We describe cryptic splicing events in the HSCs of SF3B1-mutant MDS, and our data support a model in which NMD-induced downregulation of the iron exporter ABCB7 mRNA transcript resulting from aberrant splicing caused by mutant SF3B1 underlies the increased mitochondrial iron accumulation found in MDS patients with RS.
Project description:Over 80% of patients with the refractory anemia with ring sideroblasts subtype of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) have mutations in Splicing Factor 3B, Subunit 1 (SF3B1). We generated a conditional knock-in mouse model of the most common SF3B1 mutation, Sf3b1K700E. Sf3b1K700E mice develop macrocytic anemia due to a terminal erythroid maturation defect, erythroid dysplasia, and long-term hematopoietic stem cell (LT-HSC) expansion. Sf3b1K700E myeloid progenitors and SF3B1-mutant MDS patient samples demonstrate aberrant 3' splice-site selection associated with increased nonsense-mediated decay. Tet2 loss cooperates with Sf3b1K700E to cause a more severe erythroid and LT-HSC phenotype. Furthermore, the spliceosome modulator, E7017, selectively kills Sf3b1K700E-expressing cells. Thus, Sf3b1K700E expression reflects the phenotype of the mutation in MDS and may be a therapeutic target in MDS. Overall design: 15 samples, including 6 mouse and 9 human samples with varying SF3B1 status