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The SCLtTAxBCR-ABL transgenic mouse model closely reflects the differential effects of dasatinib on normal and malignant hematopoiesis in chronic phase-CML patients

Claudia Schubert, Nicolas Chatain, Till Braunschweig, Mirle Schemionek, Kristina Feldberg, Melanie Hoffmann, Olli Dufva, Satu Mustjoki, Tim H. Brümmendorf and Steffen Koschmieder _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:34736-34749. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.16152

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Claudia Schubert1,*, Nicolas Chatain1,*, Till Braunschweig2, Mirle Schemionek1, Kristina Feldberg1, Melanie Hoffmann1, Olli Dufva3, Satu Mustjoki3, Tim H. Brümmendorf1 and Steffen Koschmieder1

1Department of Hematology, Oncology, Hemostaseology, and Stem Cell Transplantation, Faculty of Medicine, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany

2Institute of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany

3Hematology Research Unit Helsinki, Department of Clinical Chemistry and Hematology, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center, Helsinki, Finland

*These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Steffen Koschmieder, email: [email protected]

Keywords: CML, BCR-ABL, dasatinib, mouse model, transgenic

Received: December 27, 2016     Accepted: February 12, 2017     Published: March 13, 2017


The second generation tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) dasatinib is a clinically approved drug for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) as well as Ph+ acute lymphoblastic leukemia. In addition to its antileukemic effects, dasatinib was shown to impact on normal hematopoiesis and cells of the immune system.

Due to the fact that the murine in vivo studies so far have not been performed in a chronic-phase CML model under steady-state conditions, our aim was to study the hematopoietic effects of dasatinib (20 mg/kg p.o.) in BCR-ABL expressing SCLtTAxBCR-ABL double transgenic (dtg) mice. Dasatinib robustly antagonized the CML phenotype in vivo in our transgenic mouse model, and this effect included both mature and immature cell populations. However, similar to patients with CML, the fraction of LinnegSca-1+KIT+CD48negCD150+ hematopoietic stem cells was not reduced by dasatinib treatment, suggesting that these cells are not oncogene-addicted. Moreover, we observed differential effects of dasatinib in these animals as compared to wild-type (wt) animals: while granulocytes were significantly reduced in dtg animals, they were increased in wt mice. And Ter119+ erythrocytic and B220+ B cells were increased in dtg mice but decreased in wt mice. Finally, while dasatinib induced a shift from CD49b/NK1.1 positive NK cells from the bone marrow to the spleen in wt animals, there was no change in dtg mice. In conclusion, the present mouse model provides a useful tool to study mechanisms of TKI resistance and dasatinib-associated beneficial effects and adverse events.

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