The delta-like non-canonical Notch ligand 1 (DLK1)-maternally expressed 3(MEG3) locus (DLK1-MEG3 locus) plays a critical role in the maintenance and differentiation of hematopoietic stem cells. Accumulating evidence implicates the imprinted genes from this locus, DLK1 and MEG3, in the development and progression of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). : The results of this small study underscore the importance of the DLK1-MEG3 locus in AML development and progression. The authors identify CG9 methylation as an independent prognostic factor for AML patient survival, which suggests that distinct miRNA signatures from the DLK1-MEG3 locus could reflect varying degrees of cell stemness and present novel opportunities for personalized therapies in the future. These data provide a foundation for future studies into the role of higher-order chromatin structure at DLK1-MEG3 in AML.

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