Jun blockade of erythropoiesis: Role for repression of GATA-1 by HERP2

Kamaleldin E. Elagib, Mang Xiao, Isa M. Hussaini, Lorrie L. Delehanty, Lisa A. Palmer, Frederick K. Racke, Michael J. Birrer, Ganapath Shanmugasundaram, A Michael McDevitt, Adam N. Goldfarb

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Abstract

Although Jun upregulation and activation have been established as critical to oncogenesis, the relevant downstream pathways remain incompletely characterized. In this study, we found that c-Jun blocks erythroid differentiation in primary human hematopoietic progenitors and, correspondingly, that Jun factors block transcriptional activation by GATA-1, the central regulator of erythroid differentiation. Mutagenesis of c-Jun suggested that its repression of GATA-1 occurs through a transcriptional mechanism involving activation of downstream genes. We identified the hairy-enhancer-of-split- related factor HERP2 as a novel gene upregulated by c-Jun. HERP2 showed physical interaction with GATA-1 and repressed GATA-1 transcriptional activation. Furthermore, transduction of HERP2 into primary human hematopoietic progenitors inhibited erythroid differentiation. These results thus define a novel regulatory pathway linking the transcription factors c-Jun, HERP2, and GATA-1. Furthermore, these results establish a connection between the Notch signaling pathway, of which the HERP factors are a critical component, and the GATA family, which participates in programming of cellular differentiation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7779-7794
Number of pages16
JournalMolecular and cellular biology
Volume24
Issue number17
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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