Journal article

Bim is a suppressor of Myc-induced mouse B cell leukemia

A Egle, AW Harris, P Bouillet, S Cory

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America | NATL ACAD SCIENCES | Published : 2004


Impaired apoptosis is now recognized to be central to tumor development. Bcl2, activated by chromosomal translocation in human follicular lymphoma, promotes oncogenesis by inhibiting apoptosis. Bim, a distant proapoptotic relative, is emerging as a major physiologic antagonist of Bcl2. Here, we show that loss of Bim is oncogenic. Bim protein levels were elevated in the apoptosis-prone B lymphoid cells of Emicro-Myc-transgenic mice, and Bim-mutant Emicro-Myc mice had increased numbers of IgM-bearing B cells. Emicro-Myc-expressing B lymphoid cells deficient in Bim were refractory to apoptosis induced in vitro by cytokine deprivation or antigen receptor cross-linking. Thus, Bim is induced by My..

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