Generation and characterization of the Eµ-Irf8 mouse model

Zhijun Qiu, Kenneth N. Holder, An Ping Lin, Jamie Myers, Shoulei Jiang, Karla M. Gorena, Marsha C. Kinney, Ricardo C.T. Aguiar

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In mature B-cell malignancies, chromosomal translocations often juxtapose an oncogenic locus to the regulatory regions of the immunoglobulin genes. These genomic rearrangements can associate with specific clinical/pathological sub-entities and inform diagnosis and treatment decisions. Recently, we characterized the t(14;16)(q32;q24) in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), and showed that it targets the transcription factor IRF8, which is also somatically mutated in ~10% of DLBCLs. IRF8 regulates innate and adaptive immune responses mediated by myeloid/monocytic and lymphoid cells. While the role of IRF8 in human myeloid/dendritic-cell disorders is well established, less is known of its contribution to the pathogenesis of mature B-cell malignancies. To address this knowledge gap, we generated the Eµ-Irf8 mouse model, which mimics the IRF8 deregulation associated with t(14;16) of DLBCL. Eµ-Irf8 mice develop normally and display peripheral blood cell parameters within normal range. However, Eµ-Irf8 mice accumulate pre-pro-B-cells and transitional B-cells in the bone marrow and spleen, respectively, suggesting that the physiological role of Irf8 in B-cell development is amplified. Notably, in Eµ-Irf8 mice, the lymphomagenic Irf8 targets Aicda and Bcl6 are overexpressed in mature B-cells. Yet, the incidence of B-cell lymphomas is not increased in the Eµ-Irf8 model, even though their estimated survival probability is significantly lower than that of WT controls. Together, these observations suggest that the penetrance on the Irf8-driven phenotype may be incomplete and that introduction of second genetic hit, a common strategy in mouse models of lymphoma, may be necessary to uncover the pro-lymphoma phenotype of the Eµ-Irf8 mice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-16
Number of pages11
JournalCancer Genetics
StatePublished - Jul 2020


  • Chromosomal translocation
  • Lymphoma
  • Transcription factor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Research


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