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Oncogene. 2007 Oct 15;26(47):6750-65.

Differential contributions of haematopoietic stem cells to foetal and adult haematopoiesis: insights from functional analysis of transcriptional regulators.

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MRC Molecular Haematology Unit, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.


An increasing number of molecules have been identified as candidate regulators of stem cell fates through their involvement in leukaemia or via post-genomic gene discovery approaches. A full understanding of the function of these molecules requires (1) detailed knowledge of the gene networks in which they participate and (2) an appreciation of how these networks vary as cells progress through the haematopoietic cell hierarchy. An additional layer of complexity is added by the occurrence of different haematopoietic cell hierarchies at different stages of ontogeny. Beyond these issues of cell context dependence, it is important from a mechanistic point of view to define the particular cell fate pathway impacted by any given regulator. Herein, we advance the notion that haematopoietic stem cells (HSC), which sustain haematopoiesis throughout adult life and are specified in foetal life, have a minimal or late contribution to foetal haematopoiesis but instead largely proliferate during the foetal period. In light of this notion, we revisit published data on mouse knockouts of haematopoietically-affiliated transcription factors highlighting novel insights that may be gained from taking such a view.

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