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Blood. 2007 Mar 15;109(6):2356-64. Epub 2006 Nov 9.

Gfi1b:green fluorescent protein knock-in mice reveal a dynamic expression pattern of Gfi1b during hematopoiesis that is largely complementary to Gfi1.

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  • 1Institut für Zellbiologie (Tumorforschung), Universitätsklinikum Essen, Germany.

Abstract

Gfi1b and Gfi1 are 37- and 55-kDa transcriptional repressors that share common features such as a 20-amino acid (aa) N-terminal SNAG domain, a nonconserved intermediary domain, and 6 highly conserved C-terminal zinc fingers. Both gene loci are under autoregulatory and cross-regulatory feedback control. We have generated a reporter mouse strain by inserting the cDNA for green fluorescent protein (GFP) into the Gfi1b gene locus which allowed us to follow Gfi1b expression during hematopoiesis and lymphopoiesis by measuring green fluorescence. We found highly dynamic expression patterns of Gfi1b in erythroid cells, megakaryocytes, and their progenitor cells (MEPS) where Gfi1 is not detected. Vice versa, Gfi1b could not be found in granulocytes, activated macrophages, or their granulomonocytic precursors (GMPs) or in mature naive or activated lymphocytes where Gfi1 is expressed, suggesting a complementary regulation of both loci during hematopoiesis. However, Gfi1b was found to be up-regulated in early stages of B-cell and in a subset of early T-cell development, where Gfi1 is also present, suggesting that cross-regulation of both loci exists but is cell-type specific.

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