Aberrant splicing of folylpolyglutamate synthetase as a novel mechanism of antifolate resistance in leukemia.

Folylpoly-gamma-gluatamate synthetase (FPGS) catalyzes the polyglutamylation and thus intracellular retention of folates and antifolates (eg, methotrexate; MTX) through the addition of multiple glutamate equivalents to their gamma-carboxyl residue. Since polyglutamylation of antifolates is crucial for their pharmacological activity in leukemia, loss of FPGS… CONTINUE READING