Chromatin-Remodeled State in Lymphoma

  • Yuxuan Liu
  • Yulissa Gonzalez
  • Jennifer E. AmengualEmail author
B-Cell NHL, T-Cell NHL, and Hodgkin Lymphoma (J Amengual, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on B-cell NHL, T-cell NHL, and Hodgkin Lymphoma


Purpose of Review

Emerging evidence has shown that epigenetic derangements might drive and promote tumorigenesis in various types of malignancies and is prevalent in both B cell and T cell lymphomas. The purpose of this review is to explain how the epigenetic derangements result in a chromatin-remodeled state in lymphoma and contribute to the biology and clinical features of these tumors.

Recent Findings

Studies have explored on the functional role of epigenetic derangements in chromatin remodeling and lymphomagenesis. For example, the haploinsufficiency of CREBBP facilitates malignant transformation in mice and directly implicates the importance to re-establish the physiologic acetylation level. New findings identified 4 prominent DLBCL subtypes, including EZB-GC-DLBCL subtype that enriched in mutations of CREBBP, EP300, KMT2D, and SWI/SNF complex genes. EZB subtype has a worse prognosis than other GCB-tumors. Moreover, the action of the histone modifiers as well as chromatin-remodeling factors (e.g., SWI/SNF complex) cooperates to influence the chromatin state resulting in transcription repression. Drugs that alter the epigenetic landscape have been approved in T cell lymphoma. In line with this finding, epigenetic lesions in histone modifiers have recently been uncovered in this disease, further confirming the vulnerability to the therapies targeting epigenetic derangements.


Modulating the chromatin state by epigenetic-modifying agents provides precision-medicine opportunities to patients with lymphomas that depend on this biology.


Chromatin Lymphoma Epigenetics 


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Conflict of Interest

Dr. Amengual declares that she has received a grant from Appia Pharmaceuticals and has been paid to speak by Epizyme. Dr. Yuxuan and Dr. Rosario have no conflicts to disclose.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuxuan Liu
    • 1
  • Yulissa Gonzalez
    • 1
  • Jennifer E. Amengual
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Division of Hematology and Oncology, Department of Medicine, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer CenterColumbia University Medical CenterNew YorkUSA

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