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Nat Immunol. 2000 Aug;1(2):169-76.

BLIMP-1: trigger for differentiation of myeloid lineage.

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Integrated Program in Cellular, Molecular and Biophysical Studies, Columbia University, New York, NY 10032, USA.

Abstract

B lymphocyte-induced maturation protein-1 (BLIMP-1 or PRDI-BF1) is induced when bone marrow-derived progenitors differentiate in response to macrophage-colony stimulating factor (M-CSF) and is present in peripheral blood monocytes and granulocytes. BLIMP-1 is also induced during differentiation of U937 and HL-60 cells into macrophages or granulocytes. Induction of BLIMP-1 mRNA during macrophage differentiation of U937 and HL-60 shows a biphasic pattern. Overexpression of BLIMP-1 is sufficient to initiate macrophage differentiation of U937 cells whereas blocking endogenous BLIMP-1 inhibits differentiation. One target of BLIMP-1-dependent transcriptional repression in U937 cells is c-myc, providing an explanation for cessation of cell division. Thus BLIMP-1 is a key regulator of terminal differentiation in two separate hematopoietic lineages: myeloid cells and B lymphocytes.

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11248811
DOI:
10.1038/77861
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