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J Cell Physiol. 2005 Oct;205(1):1-9.

Developmental control via GATA factor interplay at chromatin domains.

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Department of Pharmacology, University of Wisconsin Medical School, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Program, Madison, Wisconsin 53706, USA.


Despite the extraordinary task of packaging mammalian DNA within the constraints of a cell nucleus, individual genes assemble into cell type-specific chromatin structures with high fidelity. This chromatin architecture is a crucial determinant of gene expression signatures that distinguish specific cell types. Whereas extensive progress has been made on defining biochemical and molecular mechanisms of chromatin modification and remodeling, many questions remain unanswered about how cell type-specific chromatin domains assemble and are regulated. This mini-review will discuss emerging studies on how interplay among members of the GATA family of transcription factors establishes and regulates chromatin domains. Dissecting mechanisms underlying the function of hematopoietic GATA factors has revealed fundamental insights into the control of blood cell development from hematopoietic stem cells and the etiology of pathological states in which hematopoiesis is perturbed.

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