Novel immunochemotherapy regimens combined with imatinib mesylate (IA) have significantly improved treatment outcome of Ph+ ALL. Nevertheless, most adult patients with Ph+ ALL relapse and succumb to their disease. Recent reports suggested that Jak-2 is engaged in the signaling of Bcr-Abl in chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) cells. Because Jak-2 inhibitory agents are currently investigated in clinical trials, we sought to explore the role of Jak-2 in the signaling of Bcr-Abl in Ph+ ALL assuming that inhibition of Jak-2 might be beneficial in the treatment of Ph+ ALL. To do this, we used our Ph+ (p190) ALL cell lines Z-119 and Z-181 (
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