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Oncogene. 2000 Dec 18;19(55):6432-42.

Expression and function of Ets transcription factors in mammalian development: a regulatory network.

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Center for Molecular and Structural Biology, Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, SC 29403, USA.


The Ets transcription factor family is involved in a variety of mammalian developmental processes at the cellular, tissue and organ levels. They are implicated in cellular proliferation, differentiation, migration, apoptosis and cell - cell interactions. This article reviews recent studies that demonstrate the integral importance of Ets in the dosage dependent regulation of development. The expression of many Ets genes is associated with mesenchymal - epithelial interactions and changes in extracellular matrix proteins. These inductive processes contribute to tissue remodeling and integrity, particularly during embryonic development. Overlapping as well as unique patterns of Ets expression are evident in developing tissues, including development of the lymphoid and myeloid lineages, brain and central nervous system, bone and mammary gland. Integration of these data will allow the development of predictive models for the regulation of complex developmental processes.

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