Chromatin programming by developmentally regulated transcription factors: lessons from the study of haematopoietic stem cell specification and differentiation

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Although the body plan of individuals is encoded in their genomes, each cell type expresses a different gene expression programme and therefore has access to only a subset of this information. Alterations to gene expression programmes are the underlying basis for the differentiation of multiple cell types and are driven by tissue-specific transcription factors (TFs) that interact with the epigenetic regulatory machinery to programme the chromatin landscape into transcriptionally active and inactive states. The haematopoietic system has long served as a paradigm for studying the molecular principles that regulate gene expression in development. In this review article, we summarize the current knowledge on the mechanism of action of TFs regulating haematopoietic stem cell specification and differentiation, and place this information into the context of general principles governing development.


Original languageEnglish
JournalFEBS Letters
Early online date18 Aug 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Aug 2016


  • chromatin, haematopoietic specification, transcription factors