ARTICLE | doi:10.20944/preprints202108.0498.v1
Subject: Medicine & Pharmacology, Oncology & Oncogenics Keywords: CML; Disease progression; common biomarker; drug target; ANRD36.
Online: 25 August 2021 (16:03:46 CEST)
Background: Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) is initiated in bone marrow due to chromosomal translocation t(22;9) leading to fusion oncogene BCR-ABL. Targeting BCR-ABL by tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI) have changed fatal CML into an almost curable disease. Despite that, TKIs lose their effectiveness due to disease progression. Unfortunately, mechanism of CML progression is poorly understood and common biomarkers for CML progression are unavailable. This study was conducted to find out novel biomarkers of CML progression by employing whole exome sequencing (WES).Materials and Methods: WES of accelerated phase (AP-) and blast crisis (BC-) CML patients was carried out, with chronic phase CML (CP-CML) patients as control. After DNA library preparation and exome enrichment, clustering and sequencing was carried out using Illumina platforms. Statistical analysis was carried out using [SAS/STAT] software version 9.4 and R package employed to find mutations shared exclusively by all AP-/BC-CML. Confirmation of mutations was carried out using Sanger sequencing and protein structure modelling using I-Tasser followed by mutant generation and visualization using PyMOL. Results: Three novel genes (ANKRD36, ANKRD36B and PRSS3) were mutated exclusively in all AP-/BC-CML patients. Only ANKRD36 gene mutations (c.1183_1184 delGC and c.1187_1185 dupTT) were confirmed by Sanger sequencing. Protein modelling studies showed that mutations induce structural changes in ANKRD36 protein. Conclusions: Our studies show that ANKRD36 is a potential common biomarker and drug target of early CML progression. ANKRD36 is yet uncharacterized in human. It has the highest expression in bone marrow, specifically myeloid cells. We recommend carrying out further studies to explore the role of ANKRD36 in biology and progression of CML.