Send to

Choose Destination
Int J Hematol. 2012 Jun;95(6):640-7. doi: 10.1007/s12185-012-1078-x. Epub 2012 May 3.

Gfi-1 inhibits the expression of eosinophil major basic protein (MBP) during G-CSF-induced neutrophilic differentiation.

Author information

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Toledo, 2801 West Bancroft Street, Toledo, OH 43606, USA.


The zinc finger transcriptional repressor Gfi-1 has been shown to play a critical role in early granulopoiesis; however, its role in late neutrophilic development is poorly understood. We report here that forced expression of a dominant negative Gfi-1 mutant, N382S, resulted in augmented mRNA levels of eosinophil major basic protein (MBP) in myeloid cells induced with G-CSF to undergo terminal neutrophilic differentiation. MBP is a cytotoxic protein that is abundantly expressed in eosinophils, but not in neutrophils. Ectopic expression of MBP inhibited the proliferation and survival of differentiating myeloid cells in response to G-CSF. Significantly, while GFI-1 is upregulated during neutrophilic differentiation, it is rapidly downregulated upon induction of eosinophilic differentiation, which was associated with increased MBP expression. Knockdown of GFI-1 in eosinophilic cells also led to increased level of MBP mRNA. These results indicate that Gfi-1 functions to inhibit the expression of MBP and aberrant expression of MBP as a result of loss of Gfi-1 function may cause premature apoptosis of differentiating neutrophils. In contrast, the rapid downregulation of Gfi-1 during eosinophilic development may allow for abundant expression of MBP, a hallmark of eosinophilic differentiation.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Springer Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center