Regulation of the Flt3 gene in haematopoietic stem and early progenitor cells

Giacomo Volpe, Mary Clarke, Paloma Garcìa, David Scott Walton, Alexandros Vegiopoulos, Walter Del Pozzo, Laura Patricia O’neill, Jonathan Frampton, Stéphanie Dumon

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The MYB transcription factor plays critical roles in normal and malignant haematopoiesis. We previously showed that MYB was a direct activator of FLT3 expression within the context of acute myeloid leukaemia. During normal haematopoiesis, increasing levels of FLT3 expression determine a strict hierarchy within the haematopoietic stem and early progenitor compartment, which associates with lymphoid and myeloid commitment potential. We use the conditional deletion of the Myb gene to investigate the influence of MYB in Flt3 transcriptional regulation within the haematopoietic stem cell (HSC) hierarchy. In accordance with previous report, in vivo deletion of Myb resulted in rapid biased differentiation of HSC with concomitant loss of proliferation capacity. We find that loss of MYB activity also coincided with decreased FLT3 expression. At the chromatin level, the Flt3 promoter is primed in immature HSC, but occupancy of further intronic elements determines expression. Binding to these locations, MYB and C/EBPα need functional cooperation to activate transcription of the locus. This cooperation is cell context dependent and indicates that MYB and C/EBPα activities are inter-dependent in controlling Flt3 expression to influence lineage commitment of multipotential progenitors.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0138257
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sept 2015


  • Bone marrow cells
  • Hematopoietic stem cells
  • Stem cells
  • Flow cytometry
  • Hematopoiesis
  • Gene regulation
  • Cell differentiation
  • Luciferase


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