Studying the pathogenesis of BCR-ABL+ leukemia in mice

Oncogene. 2002 Dec 9;21(56):8643-51. doi: 10.1038/sj.onc.1206091.


Animal models of BCR-ABL+ leukemias have provided important new knowledge about the molecular pathophysiology of these diseases, and answered questions that are difficult or impossible to address using BCR-ABL-expressing cell lines or primary Ph+ leukemia samples from patients. The power of mouse models lies in their ability to recapitulate precisely the phenotypes of BCR-ABL+ leukemias in vivo, but this comes at the price of significant complexity. Here I review recent studies of leukemias induced in mice by BCR-ABL with an emphasis on the intricate nature of these diseases and the need for careful pathological and molecular analysis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Fusion Proteins, bcr-abl
  • Leukemia, Myelogenous, Chronic, BCR-ABL Positive / etiology*
  • Leukemia, Myelogenous, Chronic, BCR-ABL Positive / genetics*
  • Mice
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases / genetics*


  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
  • Fusion Proteins, bcr-abl