EZH2 and BCL6 Cooperate to Assemble CBX8-BCOR Complex to Repress Bivalent Promoters, Mediate Germinal Center Formation and Lymphomagenesis

Wendy Béguelin, Matt Teater, Micah D. Gearhart, María Teresa Calvo Fernández, Rebecca L. Goldstein, Mariano G. Cárdenas, Katerina Hatzi, Monica Rosen, Hao Shen, Connie M. Corcoran, Michelle Y. Hamline, Randy D. Gascoyne, Ross L. Levine, Omar Abdel-Wahab, Jonathan D. Licht, Rita Shaknovich, Olivier Elemento, Vivian J. Bardwell, Ari M. Melnick

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Abstract

The EZH2 histone methyltransferase mediates the humoral immune response and drives lymphomagenesis through formation of bivalent chromatin domains at critical germinal center (GC) B cell promoters. Herein we show that the actions of EZH2 in driving GC formation and lymphoma precursor lesions require site-specific binding by the BCL6 transcriptional repressor and the presence of a non-canonical PRC1-BCOR-CBX8 complex. The chromodomain protein CBX8 is induced in GC B cells, binds to H3K27me3 at bivalent promoters, and is required for stable association of the complex and the resulting histone modifications. Moreover, oncogenic BCL6 and EZH2 cooperate to accelerate diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL) development and combinatorial targeting of these repressors results in enhanced anti-lymphoma activity in DLBCLs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-213
Number of pages17
JournalCancer Cell
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 8 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cell Biology
  • Cancer Research

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