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Keywords:

  • Hodgkin lymphoma;
  • IRF4/MUM1;
  • CD40;
  • CD95/FAS;
  • chemotherapy

Summary

The effects of proliferative, apoptotic and anti-proliferative stimuli on interferon regulatory factor 4 (IRF4) expression by Reed-Sternberg (RS) cells were analysed using a panel of Hodgkin lymphoma (HL)-derived cell lines. IRF4 expressed by HL cells was consistently upregulated after CD40 engagement; IRF4 was downregulated by agonistic anti-CD95 antibodies in the FAS-sensitive HDLM-2 cells and after treatment with Adriamycin and Dacarbazine, two chemotherapic agents commonly used for HL treatment. These results demonstrated, for the first time, that IRF4 was up-modulated by CD40 engagement, and down-modulated by apoptotic and anti-proliferative signals, suggesting an involvement of IRF4 also in HL pathobiology.