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Evi-1 promotes para-aortic splanchnopleural hematopoiesis through up-regulation of GATA-2 and repression of TGF-b signaling

Department of Hematology and Oncology, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8655, Japan.
Cancer Science (Impact Factor: 3.53). 08/2008; 99(7):1407-13. DOI: 10.1111/j.1349-7006.2008.00842.x
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ABSTRACT Evi-1 is a zinc-finger transcriptional factor whose inappropriate expression leads to leukemic transformation in mice and humans. Recently, it has been shown that Evi-1 regulates proliferation of hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells at embryonic stage via GATA-2 up-regulation; however, detailed mechanisms underlying Evi-1-mediated early hematopoiesis are not fully understood. We therefore evaluated hematopoietic potential of Evi-1 mutants using a cultivation system of murine para-aortic splanchnopleural (P-Sp) regions, and found that both the first zinc finger domain and the acidic domain were required for Evi-1-mediated hematopoiesis. The hematopoietic potential of Evi-1 mutants was likely to be related to its ability to up-regulate GATA-2 expression. We also showed that the decreased colony forming capacity of Evi-1-deficient P-Sp cells was successfully recovered by inhibition of TGF-b signaling, using ALK5 inhibitor or retroviral transfer of dominant-negative-type Smad3. Our findings suggest that Evi-1 promotes hematopoietic stem/progenitor expansion at the embryonic stage through up-regulation of GATA-2 and repression of TGF-beta signaling.

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