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Inhibition of BCR-ABL tyrosine kinase activity has evolved as a mainstay of therapy for patients with chronic myeloid leukemia. However, a fraction of leukemic cells persists under targeted therapy and can lead to disease progression on cessation of treatment. We analyzed bone marrow progenitor cells with the side population phenotype, and characterized the role of the intracellular ABC transporter A3 in imatinib detoxification. BCR-ABL-positive leukemic cells contribute to the side population cell compartment in untreated patients. Such leukemic side population cells, as well as CD34-positive progenitors from chronic myeloid leukemia samples, strongly express the intracellular ABCA3. Functionally, ABCA3 levels are critical for the susceptibility of chronic myeloid leukemia blast cell lines to specific BCR-ABL inhibition by imatinib. The transporter is localized in the limiting membrane of lysosomes and multivesicular bodies, and intracellular [(14)C]-labeled imatinib accumulates in such organelles. The lysosomal storage capacity increases with ABCA3 expression, thus regulating imatinib sequestration. The intracellular ABC transporter A3 is expressed in chronic myeloid leukemia progenitor cells and may contribute to intrinsic imatinib resistance by facilitating lysosomal sequestration in chronic myeloid leukemia cells.


Bjoern Chapuy, Melanie Panse, Ulf Radunski, Raphael Koch, Dirk Wenzel, Nobuya Inagaki, Detlef Haase, Lorenz Truemper, Gerald G Wulf. ABC transporter A3 facilitates lysosomal sequestration of imatinib and modulates susceptibility of chronic myeloid leukemia cell lines to this drug. Haematologica. 2009 Nov;94(11):1528-36

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