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Am J Blood Res. 2012;2(1):57-65. Epub 2012 Jan 1.

The role of transcription factors in the guidance of granulopoiesis.

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  • 1Institute of Physiological Chemistry, University Ulm Germany.

Abstract

In recent years, the prospective isolation of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells has identified the hierarchical structure of hematopoietic development and lineage-commitment. Moreover, these isolated cell populations allowed the elucitation of the molecular mechansims associated with lineage choice and revealed the indispensable functions of transcription factors as lineage determinants. This review summarizes current concepts regarding adult murine granulopoiesis and illustrates the importance of the transcription factors C/EBPα, PU.1 and GATA-2 for the development of neutrophil, eosinophil and basophil granulocytes.

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C/EBPα; Granulopoiesis; transcription factors

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