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J Cell Biochem. 1998 Nov 1;71(2):277-85.

Differential expression of Id genes in multipotent myeloid progenitor cells: Id-1 is induced by early-and late-acting cytokines while Id-2 is selectively induced by cytokines that drive terminal granulocytic differentiation.

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Department of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Cancer Center, Worcester 01605, USA.


Hematopoietic development is regulated by a complex mixture of cytokine growth factors that guide growth and differentiation of progenitor cell populations at different stages in their development. The genetic programs that drive this process are controlled at the molecular level by the type and number of transcriptional regulators coexpressed in the cell. Both positive- and negative-acting helix-loop-helix transcription factors are expressed during hematopoietic development, with the Id-type transdominant negative regulators controlling the net helix-loop-helix activation potential in the cell at any given time. It has been demonstrated that some of these Id factors are involved in the checkpoint at which undifferentiated progenitor cells make the commitment to terminal maturation. Therefore, we sought to determine whether these Id family factors are selectively induced or extinguished by cytokines that act at different points during hematopoiesis. NFS-60, a myeloid progenitor line that proliferates in response to multiple cytokines, was stimulated by treatment with SCF, IL-3, IL-6, G-CSF, and erythropoietin. Id-1 expression correlated tightly with cellular proliferation: it declined when growth factor stimulation was withdrawn and was quickly induced whenever the cell began to proliferate. The regulation of Id-2 was more complex: its expression was slightly upregulated in factor-deprived cells but only strongly reinduced after extended exposure to cytokines that drive granulocytic differentiation (IL-6, G-CSF, and TGFbeta). These data support a cell-cycle regulatory role for Id-1 in multipotent myeloid progenitor cells and a role for Id-2 during terminal granulocytic differentiation.

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