To identify erythroid-specific heme-regulated genes, we performed differential expression analysis between wild-type and heme-deficient erythroblasts, which had been prepared from wild-type and erythroid-specific δ-aminolevulinate synthase-null mouse ES cells, respectively. Among 8737 clones on cDNA array, 40 cDNA clones, including 34 unknown ESTs, were first selected by their high expression profiles in wild-type erythroblasts, and evaluated further for their erythroid-lineage specificity, expression in hematopoietic tissues in vivo, and heme-dependent expression, which yielded 11, 4, and 4 genes, respectively. Because of the selection strategy employed, the final 4 were considered as the newly identified erythroid-specific heme-regulated genes. These 4 genes were uncoupling protein 2, nucleolar spindle-associated protein, cellular nucleic acid-binding protein, and a novel acetyltransferase-like protein. These findings thus suggest that heme may regulate a wide variety of hitherto unrecognized genes, and further analysis of these genes may clarify their role in erythroid cell differentiation.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Biochemical and biophysical research communications|
|Publication status||Published - 2006 Feb 3|
- cDNA array
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology