Notch1 inhibits differentiation of hematopoietic cells by sustaining GATA-2 expression

Keiki Kumano, Shigeru Chiba, Kiyoshi Shimizu, Tetsuya Yamagata, Noriko Hosoya, Toshiki Saito, Tokiharu Takahashi, Yoshio Hamada, Hisamaru Hirai

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


    Notch signaling is involved in cell fate decisions in many systems including hematopoiesis. It has been shown that expression of an activated form of Notch1 (aNotch1) in 32D mouse myeloid progenitor cells inhibits the granulocytic differentiation induced by granulocyte colonystimulating factor (G-CSF). Results of the current study show that aNotch1, when expressed in F5-5 mouse erythroleukemia cells, also inhibits erythroid differentiation. Comparison of the expression levels of several transcription factors after stimulation for myeloid and erythroid differentiation, in the presence or absence of aNotch1, revealed that aNotch1 did not change its regulation pattern with any of the transcription factors examined, except for GATA-2, despite its inhibitory effect on differentiation. GATA-2 was down-regulated when the parental 32D and F5-5 were induced to differentiate into granulocytic and erythroid lineages, respectively. In these induction procedures, however, the level of GATA-2 expression was sustained when aNotch1 was expressed. To ascertain whether maintenance of GATA-2 is required for the Notch-induced inhibition of differentiation, the dominant-negative form of GATA-3 (DN-GATA), which acted also against GATA-2, or transcription factor PU.1, which was recently shown to be the repressor of GATA-2, was introduced into aNotch1-expressing 32D (32D/aNotch1) cells that do not express GATA family proteins other than GATA2. Both DN-GATA and PU.1 reversed the phenotype of 32D/aNotch1 inducing its differentiation when G-CSF was added. Furthermore, enforced expression of HES-1, which is involved in Notch signaling, delayed differentiation of 32D, and again this phenotype was neutralized by DN-GATA. These results indicate that GATA-2 activity is necessary for the Notch signaling in hematopoietic cells. © 2001 by The American Society of Hematology.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3283-3289
    Number of pages6
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2001


    Dive into the research topics of 'Notch1 inhibits differentiation of hematopoietic cells by sustaining GATA-2 expression'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this