Changes in IDH2, TET2 and KDM2B Gene Expression After Treatment With Classic Chemotherapeutic Agents and Decitabine in Myelogenous Leukemia Cell Lines

Jayse Alves, Georgia Muccillo Dexheimer, Laura Reckzigel, Marcia Goettert, Vanderlei Biolchi, Ana Lucia Abujamra


Background: Hematological malignancies are a heterogeneous group of tumors with increased proliferative and auto-replicative capacity. Despite treatment advances, post-treatment quality of life remains highly affected. Studies addressing the molecular mechanisms of these diseases are critical for the development of effective, rapid and selective therapies, since few therapeutic strategies succeed in being effective without triggering high-grade toxicities or debilitating late effects. Our aim of this study was to verify changes in the expression of genes involved in the malignant phenotype of hematological malignancies, by treating human cell lines in vitro with classic chemotherapeutic agents and the demethylating agent, decitabine.

Methods: KASUMI-1 and K-562 human myeloid leukemia cell lines were plated at a density of 3 × 104 cells/well and treated with increasing concentrations of different chemotherapeutic agents commonly used in the clinical setting. After 24 and 48 h of treatment, cell viability was tested, and RNA was extracted. Complementary DNA (cDNA) was synthesized and quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) was performed to evaluate the gene expression of IDH2, TET2 and KDM2B.

Results: A modulation in gene expression was observed before and after treatment with classic chemotherapeutic agents. It was possible to demonstrate a difference in gene expression when cells were treated with chemotherapeutic agents or decitabine alone when compared to chemotherapeutic agents in association with decitabine.

Conclusions: The genes tested, and the modulation of their expression during in vitro treatments suggest that IDH2, TET2, and KDM2B should be further investigated as potential biomarkers for ongoing treatment response and follow-up for patients diagnosed with hematological malignancies of the myeloid lineage.

J Hematol. 2019;8(3):89-101


Myeloid leukemia; Gene expression biomarkers; Chemotherapy; Decitabine

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