Nasios Fourouclas

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BACKGROUND Human myeloproliferative disorders form a range of clonal haematological malignant diseases, the main members of which are polycythaemia vera, essential thrombocythaemia, and idiopathic myelofibrosis. The molecular pathogenesis of these disorders is unknown, but tyrosine kinases have been implicated in several related disorders. We investigated(More)
BACKGROUND The JAK2 V617F mutation can be found in patients with polycythemia vera, essential thrombocythemia and idiopathic myelofibrosis. Mutation or methylation of other components of JAK/STAT signaling, such as the negative regulators suppressor of cytokine signaling 1 (SOCS1) and SOCS3, may contribute to the pathogenesis of both JAK2 V617F positive and(More)
L3MBTL encodes a member of the Polycomb family of proteins, which, together with Trithorax group proteins, is responsible for the coordinated regulation of patterns of gene activity. Members of the Polycomb family also regulate self renewal of normal and malignant hematopoietic stem cells. L3MBTL lies in a region of chromosome 20, deletion of which is(More)
Chromosome 20q deletion is a recurrent chromosomal abnormality associated with myeloid malignancies. L3MBTL represents a strong candidate tumour suppressor gene since it lies within the common deleted region, is a member of the Polycomb-like family, encodes the human homologue of a Drosophila tumour suppressor and is expressed within haematopoietic(More)
Deletions of the derivative 9 chromosome (der(9)) are associated with poor prognosis in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). Several models have been proposed to account for this association. To distinguish between the various models we mapped the deletion in 69 Philadelphia-positive CML patients carrying a der(9) deletion and compared the size of the deletion(More)
The acquired mutation Val617Phe in the tyrosine kinase JAK2 was recently identified in most but not all patients with classical myeloproliferative disorders. We describe a cytogenetic and molecular study of a JAK2Val617Phe-negative case of essential thrombocythemia harboring the acquired translocation t(X;5)(q13;q33). We show that this involves the inactive(More)
Y chromosome microdeletions in the azoospermia factor (AZF) locus have been associated with spermatogenic failure. The frequency of AZF deletions is estimated to be about 10-18% in subgroups of idiopathic azoospermia and severe oligospermia, whereas the deletion frequency is estimated to be about 1.5-10.6% in the general population. Patient selection(More)
The stem cell leukemia (Scl)/Tal1 gene is essential for normal blood and endothelial development, and is expressed in hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), progenitors, erythroid, megakaryocytic, and mast cells. The Scl +19 enhancer is active in HSCs and progenitor cells, megakaryocytes, and mast cells, but not mature erythroid cells. Here we demonstrate that in(More)
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