Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is associated with mutations in transcriptional and epigenetic regulator genes impairing myeloid differentiation. The t(8;21) (q22;q22) translocation generates the RUNX1-ETO fusion protein, which interferes with the hematopoietic master regulator RUNX1. We previously showed that the maintenance of t(8;21) AML is dependent on RUNX1-ETO expression. Its depletion causes extensive changes in transcription factor binding, as well as gene expression, and initiates myeloid differentiation. However, how these processes are connected within a gene regulatory network is unclear. To address this question, we performed Promoter-Capture Hi-C assays, with or without RUNX1-ETO depletion and assigned interacting cis-regulatory elements to their respective genes. To construct a RUNX1- ETO-dependent gene regulatory network maintaining AML, we integrated cis-regulatory element interactions with gene expression and transcription factor binding data. This analysis shows that RUNX1-ETO participates in cis-regulatory element interactions. However, differential interactions following RUNX1- ETO depletion are driven by alterations in the binding of RUNX1-ETO-regulated transcription factors.,
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Ptasinska, A., Pickin, A., Assi, SA, Chin, P.S., Ames, L., Avellino, R., … Bonifer, C. (2019). RUNX1-ETO Depletion in t(8;21) AML Leads to C/EBP alpha- and AP-1-Mediated Alterations in Enhancer-Promoter Interaction. Cell Reports, 28(12), 3022–+. doi:10.1016/j.celrep.2019.08.040