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Curr Opin Immunol. 2012 Apr;24(2):132-8. doi: 10.1016/j.coi.2011.12.012. Epub 2012 Jan 19.

Transcriptional drivers of the T-cell lineage program.

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Division of Biology 156-29, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA. evroth@its.caltech.edu

Abstract

The T-cell development program is specifically triggered by Notch-Delta signaling, but most transcription factors needed to establish T-cell lineage identity also have crossover roles in other hematopoietic lineages. This factor sharing complicates full definition of the core gene regulatory circuits required for T-cell specification. But new advances illuminate the roles of three of the most T-cell specific transcription factors. Commitment to the T-cell lineage is now shown to depend on Bcl11b, while initiation of the T-cell differentiation program begins earlier with the induction of TCF-1 (Tcf7 gene product) and GATA-3. Several reports now reveal how TCF-1 and GATA-3 are mobilized in early T cells and the pathways for their T-lineage specific effects.

PMID:
22264928
PMCID:
PMC3319509
DOI:
10.1016/j.coi.2011.12.012
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