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The shelterin proteins play important roles in telomere maintenance and genome stability. These proteins have been found to be mutated in many cancers including CLL. Herein, we demonstrate here the presence of a novel spliced isoform of TIN2S in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), related to deletion of exon 2 in the TIN2 gene. The expressions of spliced TIN2S mRNA varied widely in CLL and there was an inverse relationship between the mRNA levels of full-length TIN2S and the spliced moiety. Small amounts of spliced TIN2S were also observed in normal B cells but not in T cells. Spliced TIN2S appeared dysfunctional, as immunoprecipitation studies showed the typical association of TRF2 and TIN2 in normal lymphocytes but not in CLL cells. Moreover, whereas TRF2 localized to the nucleus in normal lymphocytes, it was present in both nuclei and cytoplasm in CLL cells. The levels of spliced TIN2S increased with age and in 3 of 8 patients increased over time. The presence of the spliced variant failed to be related to telomere length in CLL suggesting other functions for this protein. Further studies are required to determine the etiology and biological significance of this unique spliced TIN2S variant. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Ganchimeg Ishdorj, Sara E F Kost, Sara Beiggi, Yunli Zang, Spencer B Gibson, James B Johnston. A novel spliced variant of the TIN2 shelterin is present in chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Leukemia research. 2017 Aug;59:66-74

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