Control of the simian fetal hemoglobin switch at the progenitor cell level

B. P. Alter, B. T. Jackson, J. M. Lipton, G. J. Piasecki, P. L. Jackson, M. Kudisch, D. G. Nathan

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This investigation was designed to define the cellular level at which the gamma to beta globin switch is established in the developing simian fetus in order to determine whether the switch is controlled by environmental influences within differentiating erythroid precursors or predetermined by the genetic program of erythroid progenitors. Samples of marrow and liver were obtained from rhesus fetuses throughout the switch period, and marrow was obtained from adult rhesus monkeys. Globin chain synthesis was then measured in differentiated erythroblasts and in erythroid progenitor-derived colonies grown in semisolid media. The relative rates of synthesis of gamma and beta chains were determined by the uptake of [ 3H]-leucine into the respective chains separated by Triton gel electrophoresis and in some cases by urea carboxy-methyl cellulose chromatography. Four periods of the switch were defined during fetal development. In the preswitch period both erythroblasts and progenitor-derived colonies produced

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)458-466
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Clinical Investigation
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1981
Externally publishedYes

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