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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2007 Dec 11;104(50):19849-54. Epub 2007 Dec 3.

The interplay between the master transcription factor PU.1 and miR-424 regulates human monocyte/macrophage differentiation.

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  • 1Institute Pasteur Cenci-Bolognetti, Department of Genetics and Molecular Biology, Institute of Molecular Biology and Pathology, and Department of Cellular Biotechnologies and Hematology, University of Rome "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy.

Abstract

We describe a pathway by which the master transcription factor PU.1 regulates human monocyte/macrophage differentiation. This includes miR-424 and the transcriptional factor NFI-A. We show that PU.1 and these two components are interlinked in a finely tuned temporal and regulatory circuitry: PU.1 activates the transcription of miR-424, and this up-regulation is involved in stimulating monocyte differentiation through miR-424-dependent translational repression of NFI-A. In turn, the decrease in NFI-A levels is important for the activation of differentiation-specific genes such as M-CSFr. In line with these data, both RNAi against NFI-A and ectopic expression of miR-424 in precursor cells enhance monocytic differentiation, whereas the ectopic expression of NFI-A has an opposite effect. The interplay among these three components was demonstrated in myeloid cell lines as well as in human CD34+ differentiation. These data point to the important role of miR-424 and NFI-A in controlling the monocyte/macrophage differentiation program.

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PMC2148386
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