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Trends Immunol. 2005 Jun;26(6):334-8.

New insights into E-protein function in lymphocyte development.

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  • 1Department of Immunology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710, USA.


Lymphocyte development has long served as an experimental paradigm, revealing fundamental mechanisms of gene regulation and cellular differentiation in mammals. The study of E-protein-mediated transcriptional regulation in lymphocyte development provides a means to address these mechanistic issues. Both genetic and biochemical studies have defined many important regulatory events during lymphocyte development that are mediated by E-proteins. The E2A gene, one of the three known E-protein genes in mammals, has a particularly important role in B-lymphocyte development. Major progress has been made in recent years towards understanding the physiological targets of E2A during B-lymphocyte development. Most notably, new insights have been gained regarding the role of E2A in controlling lineage commitment and V(D)J recombination. This Review focuses primarily on E2A-mediated gene regulation during B-lymphocyte development.

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