Over-expression of FoxM1 offers a promising therapeutic target in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma

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Centre for Regenerative Medicine


Background: FoxM1 has been shown to play a critical role in the pathogenesis of various epithelial malignancies. However, its role in lymphoid malignancies has not been fully clarified. We, therefore, investigated the role of FoxM1 expression in a large cohort of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma samples and panel of cell lines.
Design and Methods: FoxM1 expression was investigated in a large series of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma tissues in a tissue microarray format by immunohistochemistry. Apoptosis was measured by flow cytometry and protein expression was detected by immunoblotting using diffuse large B-cell lymphoma cell lines following treatment with either pharmacological inhibitor of FoxM1 or small interference RNA knockdown strategy. Invasion/migration and soft agar colony assays were also performed following treatment with FoxM1 inhibitor.
Results: FoxM1 expression was detected in 84.6% of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma tumors and found to be significantly associated with proliferative tumor marker Ki67
: Altogether, these results suggest that FoxM1 is over-expressed in the majority of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma samples. These data also indicate that targeting FoxM1 signaling can serve as a potential therapeutic modality in the management of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.


This work was published before the author joined Aga Khan University.

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