SBNO2 is a critical mediator of STAT3-driven hematological malignancies

Tania Brandstoetter, Johannes Schmoellerl, Reinhard Grausenburger, Sebastian Kollmann, Eszter Doma, Jani Huuhtanen, Thorsten Klampfl, Thomas Eder, Florian Grebien, Gregor Hoermann, Johannes Zuber, Satu Mustjoki, Barbara Maurer, Veronika Sexl*

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Gain-of-function mutations in the signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) gene are recurrently identified in patients with large granular lymphocytic leukemia (LGLL) and in some cases of natural killer (NK)/T-cell and adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma. To understand the consequences and molecular mechanisms contributing to disease development and oncogenic transformation, we developed murine hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell models that express mutated STAT3Y640F. These cells show accelerated proliferation and enhanced self-renewal potential. We integrated gene expression analyses and chromatin occupancy profiling of STAT3Y640F-transformed cells with data from patients with T-LGLL. This approach uncovered a conserved set of direct transcriptional targets of STAT3Y640F. Among these, strawberry notch homolog 2 (SBNO2) represents an essential transcriptional target, which was identified by a comparative genome-wide CRISPR/Cas9-based loss-of-function screen. The STAT3-SBNO2 axis is also present in NK-cell leukemia, T-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and NPM-ALK-rearranged T-cell anaplastic large cell lymphoma (T-ALCL), which are driven by STAT3-hyperactivation/mutation. In patients with NPM-ALK+ T-ALCL, high SBNO2 expression correlates with shorter relapse-free and overall survival. Our findings identify SBNO2 as a potential therapeutic intervention site for STAT3-driven hematopoietic malignancies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1831-1845
Number of pages15
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 13 Apr 2023
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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