Abl protein kinase abrogates the response of multipotent haemopoietic cells to the growth inhibitor macrophage inflammatory protein-1 alpha

G. Wark, C. M. Heyworth, E. Spooncer, L. Czaplewski, J. M. Francis, T. M. Dexter, A. D. Whetton

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    The clonogenic cells of chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML), unlike normal haemopoietic progenitor cells, are resistant to the growth inhibitory effects of the chemokine macrophage inflammatory protein-1 alpha (MIP-1α). CML is also relatively resistant to chemotherapy and the disease is difficult to cure using conventional therapeutic routes. CML is associated with increased abl oncogene protein tyrosine kinase (PTK) activity. Here, we have tested the hypothesis that these aberrant responses to MIP-1α and the relative resistance to chemotherapy are directly related to this increased abl PTK activity in primitive haemopoietic cells. To do this we have expressed a temperature sensitive abl PTK in a growth factor dependent, multipotent stem cell line (FDCP-Mix) in which growth is normally suppressed by MIP-1α. In FDCP-Mix cells expressing the ts v-abl PTK and grown at the restrictive temperature for PTK activity the cells were relatively sensitive to cytotoxic agents such as cytosine arabinoside and 5-fluorouracil but MIP-1α could induce growth inhibition and confer some degree of protection from these agents. At the permissive temperature for abl PTK, the cells were relatively resistant to cytotoxic drugs and MIP-1α treatment neither induced growth inhibition nor protected the cells from cytotoxic drug induced cell death. This lack of response to MIP-1α was not due to receptor down modulation as neither the affinity nor the number of 125I-MIP-1α binding sites was altered by activating Abl PTK. However, MIP-1α mediated increases in cytosolic Ca2+ levels were abrogated by switching cells to the permissive temperature for Abl PTK activity. These data suggest that the relative resistance of CML progenitor cells to therapeutic drugs and the lack of response to MIP-1α occurs as a direct consequence of abl PTK activity and involves desensitisation of signal transduction events stimulated by MIP-1α receptors. Thus one contributory mechanism to transformation of primitive haemopoietic cells is abrogation of response to a growth inhibitor.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1319-1324
    Number of pages5
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Mar 1998


    • Chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML)
    • MIP-1α


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