International Journal of Hematology

, Volume 91, Issue 1, pp 117–120 | Cite as

Activated STAT1 and STAT5 transcription factors in extramedullary hematopoietic tissue in a polycythemia vera patient carrying the JAK2 V617F mutation

  • Thomas Meyer
  • Volker Ruppert
  • Christian Görg
  • Andreas Neubauer
Case Report


The somatic V617F mutation in the Janus kinase (JAK) 2 gene, which causes a valine to phenylalanine substitution at position 617, has recently been found in the majority of patients with polycythemia vera and in many cases with essential thrombocythemia or idiopathic myelofibrosis. Here, we report on a 76-year-old female patient presenting with JAK2V617F-positive polycythemia vera and a pelvic mass with extramedullary hematopoiesis. Immunohistochemistry demonstrated tyrosine phosphorylation of JAK2 kinase as well as STAT1 and STAT5 transcription factors. However, only a minority of the total STAT1 pool was tyrosine-phosphorylated and, in contrast to its unphosphorylated counterpart, phospho-STAT1 clearly showed nuclear accumulation. While megakaryotes expressed virtually no phospho-STAT1, phosphorylated STAT5 was mainly restricted to megakaryocytes and rarely detected in non-megakaryocytes. Our data suggest that dysregulated STAT signal pathways are engaged in extramedullary hematopoiesis in polycythemia vera.


Polycythemia vera STAT proteins Extramedullary hematopoiesis 


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© The Japanese Society of Hematology 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Meyer
    • 1
  • Volker Ruppert
    • 1
  • Christian Görg
    • 2
  • Andreas Neubauer
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of CardiologyUniversity of MarburgMarburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of Hematology and OncologyUniversity of MarburgMarburgGermany

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