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Immunity. 2000 Jul;13(1):15-24.

Wnt signaling regulates B lymphocyte proliferation through a LEF-1 dependent mechanism.

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of California, San Francisco, 94143, USA.


Lymphocyte enhancer factor-1 (LEF-1) is a member of the LEF-1/TCF family of transcription factors, which have been implicated in Wnt signaling and tumorigenesis. LEF-1 was originally identified in pre-B and T cells, but its function in B lymphocyte development remains unknown. Here we report that LEF-1-deficient mice exhibit defects in pro-B cell proliferation and survival in vitro and in vivo. We further show that Lef1-/- pro-B cells display elevated levels of fas and c-myc transcription, providing a potential mechanism for their increased sensitivity to apoptosis. Finally, we establish a link between Wnt signaling and normal B cell development by demonstrating that Wnt proteins are mitogenic for pro-B cells and that this effect is mediated by LEF-1.

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