Scientific article

Targeting RUNX1 in acute myeloid leukemia : preclinical innovations and therapeutic implications

Published inExpert opinion on therapeutic targets, vol. 25, no. 4, p. 299-309
Publication date2021-04-28

Introduction: RUNX1 is an essential transcription factor for normal and malignant hematopoiesis. RUNX1 forms a heterodimeric complex with CBFB. Germline mutations and somatic alterations (i.e. translocations, mutations and abnormal expression) are frequently associated with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with RUNX1 mutations conferring unfavorable prognosis. Therefore, RUNX1 constitutes a potential innovative and interesting therapeutic target. In this review, we discuss recent therapeutic advances of RUNX1 targeting in AML.Areas covered: Firstly, we cover the clinical basis for RUNX1 targeting. We have subdivided recent therapeutic approaches either by common biochemical pathways or by similar pharmacological targets. Genome editing of RUNX1 induces anti-leukemic effects; however, off-target events prohibit clinical use. Several molecules inhibit the interaction between RUNX1/CBFB and control AML development and progression. BET protein antagonists target RUNX1 (i.e. specific BET inhibitors, BRD4 shRNRA, proteolysis targeting chimeras (PROTAC) or expression-mimickers). All these molecules improve survival in mutant RUNX1 AML preclinical models.Expert opinion: Some of these novel molecules have shown encouraging anti-leukemic potency at the preclinical stage. A better understanding of RUNX1 function in AML development and progression and its key downstream pathways, may result in more precise and more efficient RUNX1 targeting therapies.

  • Acute myeloid leukemia
  • RUNX1
  • Preclinical drug development
  • Therapeutic targets
Affiliation Not a UNIGE publication
Citation (ISO format)
GONZALES, Fanny et al. Targeting RUNX1 in acute myeloid leukemia : preclinical innovations and therapeutic implications. In: Expert opinion on therapeutic targets, 2021, vol. 25, n° 4, p. 299–309. doi: 10.1080/14728222.2021.1915991
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