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Blood. 2000 May 1;95(9):2847-54.

Monocytes express high amounts of Notch and undergo cytokine specific apoptosis following interaction with the Notch ligand, Delta-1.

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Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA 98109, USA.


Notch signaling has been shown to play a key role in cell fate decisions in numerous developmental systems. Using a reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assay, we reported the expression of human Notch-1 in CD34+ progenitors. In this study, we evaluated the expression of human Notch-1 and Notch-2 protein by hematopoietic cells. In immunofluoresence study, we detected low amounts of Notch-1 and Notch-2 protein in both CD34+ and CD34+Lin- cells, high amounts in CD14+ monocytes as well as B and T cells, but no expression in CD15+ granulocytes. We further found that an immobilized truncated form of the Notch ligand, Delta-1, induced apoptosis in monocytes in the presence of macrophage colony-stimulating factor (M-CSF), but not granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF). The widespread expressions of Notch proteins suggest multiple functions for this receptor during hematopoiesis. These studies further indicate a novel role for Notch in regulating monocyte survival. (Blood. 2000;95:2847-2854).

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