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Expression and Function of the Eph Receptor Family in Leukemia and Hematopoietic Malignancies: Prospects for Targeted Therapies

Sara Charmsaz1* and Andrew W Boyd1,2

1Leukaemia Foundation Research Unit, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, 300 Herston Road, Herston, Queensland 4006, Australia

2Department of Medicine, University of Queensland, Herston, Queensland 4006, Australia

*Corresponding Author:
Sara Charmsaz
Leukaemia Foundation Research Unit
Queensland Institute of Medical Research
P.O. Royal Brisbane Hospital
Queensland, 4029, Brisbane, Australia
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Received date February 23, 2013; Accepted date April 01, 2013; Published date April 03, 2013

Citation: Charmsaz S, Boyd AW (2013) Expression and Function of the Eph Receptor Family in Leukemia and Hematopoietic Malignancies: Prospects for Targeted Therapies. J Leuk (Los Angel) 1:107. doi: 10.4172/2329-6917.1000107

Copyright: © 2013 Charmsaz S, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

There has been considerable interest in recent years in the development of therapies, which target Eph receptors or their ephrin ligands. The Eph receptor tyrosine kinases and their membrane bound ephrin ligands are cell surface molecules involved in many biological functions and cell behaviors during embryogenesis and in adult life. However, they are also expressed in an aberrant fashion on many tumors and are re-expressed on normal cells in nonmalignant pathological states. Some of the eph/ephrins including EphA7 and EphA1 protein are thought to function as tumor suppressors in particular cancers. In tumors where Eph/ephrin proteins are expressed at high levels, being expressed on the cell surface these proteins are readily accessible to antibody-mediated therapies several of which are in advanced pre-clinical or early clinical evaluation, including antibodies specific for EphA2, EphA3, and EphB4 which are expressed on many different tumors. We will review the general features of the Eph/ephrin system and discuss the role of this system in normal hematopoiesis before focusing on the role of Eph proteins in leukemia and other hematological malignancies and possible avenues for therapy.

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