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Unleashing the Guardian: The Targetable BCR-ABL/HAUSP/PML/PTEN Network in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia

[ Vol. 18 , Issue. 4 ]


Alessandro Morotti, Davide Torti, Giovanna Carra, Cristina Panuzzo, Sabrina Crivellaro, Riccardo Taulli, Carmen Fava, Angelo Guerrasio and Giuseppe Saglio   Pages 389 - 395 ( 7 )


The complete eradication of Chronic Myeloid Leukemia is still challenging even in the era of highly selective and potent BCR-ABL tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). The ‘Achilles heel’ of TKI-based CML therapy is the inability of TKI to effectively target CML stem cells. Several pathways have been described to induce TKI insensitiveness in quiescent CML stem cells. In this review, we will describe the BCR-ABL/HAUSP/PML/PTEN network, whose signaling mediators converge to regulate the function of the tumor suppressor PTEN. We will also highlight the pharmacological strategies to modulate PTEN functions in order to sustain CML stem cell eradication.


PTEN, PML, HAUSP, BCR-ABL, chronic myeloid leukemia.


Department of Clinical and Biological Sciences, University of Turin, regione Gonzole 10, 10043, Orbassano

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