In excess of 90% of patients with polycythaemia vera (PV) express a mutated form of Janus kinase 2 (JAK2), JAK2V617F. Such aberrant proteins offer great potential for the treatment of these diseases; however, inhibitors to JAK2 have had limited success in the clinic in terms of curing the disease. To understand the effects of this oncogene in haematopoietic cells with the aim of improving treatment strategies, we undertook a systematic evaluation of the effects of JAK2V617F expression using proteomics. The effects of JAK2V617F on over 5000 proteins and 2000 nuclear phosphopeptide sites were relatively quantified using either SILAC or eight-channel iTRAQ mass spectrometry. Pathway analysis of the proteins identified as changing indicated disruption to the p53 and MYC signalling pathways. These changes were confirmed using orthogonal approaches. The insight gained from this proteomic analysis led to the formation of hypothesis-driven analysis on inhibitor-mediated effects on primary cells from patients with a JAK2V617F mutation. Simultaneous inhibition of MYC and upregulation of p53 led to the preferential extinction of JAK2V617F-positive CD34+ cells, illustrating a potential therapeutic benefit from combined targeting of p53 and MYC.
Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms
- Manchester Cancer Research Centre