Expression of the Wilms' tumor gene (WT1) in human leukemias

Leukemia. 1992 May;6(5):405-9.


Leukemic cells from seventy patients with various types of human leukemias were examined for expression of the WT1 gene, the Wilms' tumor gene located at chromosome 11p13. WT1 was expressed in 7 of 16 cases of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, 15 of 22 with acute myelogenous leukemia and 8 of 10 in blast crisis of chronic myelogenous leukemia. No detectable WT1 RNA was found in chronic leukemias, including chronic lymphocytic leukemia, plasma cell leukemia, hairy cell leukemia and chronic myelogenous leukemia in chronic phase. The expression pattern of WT1 in these human leukemia samples indicates the involvement of this gene in the early stage of hematological cell differentiation.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Blast Crisis / genetics
  • Blotting, Southern
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / analysis
  • Humans
  • Immunophenotyping
  • Leukemia / genetics*
  • Leukemia, Myeloid, Acute / genetics
  • Middle Aged
  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization
  • Precursor Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Lymphoma / genetics
  • RNA, Messenger / analysis
  • WT1 Proteins
  • Wilms Tumor / genetics*


  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • RNA, Messenger
  • WT1 Proteins