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Immunity. 2010 Dec 14;33(6):917-28. doi: 10.1016/j.immuni.2010.11.028.

Transcription factor miz-1 is required to regulate interleukin-7 receptor signaling at early commitment stages of B cell differentiation.

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Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM), Montréal, Quebec H2W 1R7, Canada.


B cell development requires the coordinated action of transcription factors and cytokines, in particular interleukin-7 (IL-7). We report that mice lacking the POZ (Poxvirus and zinc finger) domain of the transcription factor Miz-1 (Zbtb17(ΔPOZ/ΔPOZ)) almost entirely lacked follicular B cells, as shown by the fact that their progenitors failed to activate the Jak-Stat5 pathway and to upregulate the antiapoptotic gene Bcl2 upon IL-7 stimulation. We show that Miz-1 exerted a dual role in the interleukin-7 receptor (IL-7R) pathway by directly repressing the Janus kinase (Jak) inhibitor suppressor of cytokine signaling 1 (Socs1) and by activating Bcl2 expression. Zbtb17(ΔPOZ/ΔPOZ) (Miz-1-deficient) B cell progenitors had low expression of early B cell genes as transcription factor 3 (Tcf3) and early B cell factor 1 (Ebf1) and showed a propensity for apoptosis. Only the combined re-expression of Bcl2 and Ebf1 could reconstitute the ability of Miz-1-deficient precursors to develop into CD19(+) B cells.

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