The AML1 transcription factor functions to develop and maintain hematogenic precursor cells in the embryonic aorta-gonad-mesonephros region

Yoh suke Mukouyama, Natsuko Chiba, Takahiko Hara, Hitoshi Okada, Yoshiaki Ito, Ryunosuke Kanamaru, Atsushi Miyajima, Masanobu Satake, Toshio Watanabe

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Abstract

We examined the role of the AML1 transcription factor in the development of hematopoiesis in the paraaortic splanchnopleural (P-Sp) and the aorta- gonad-mesonephros (AGM) regions of mouse embryos. The activity of colony- forming units of colonies from the P-Sp/AGM region was reduced severalfold by heterozygous disruption of the AML1 gene, indicating that AML1 functioned in a dosage-dependent manner to generate hematopoietic progenitors. In addition, no hematopoietic progenitor activity was detected in the P-Sp/AGM region of embryos with an AML1 null mutation. Similar results were obtained when a dispersed culture was first prepared from the P-Sp/AGM region before assay of the activity of the colony-forming units. In a culture of cells with the AML1(+/+) genotype, both hematopoietic and endothelial-like cell types emerged, but in a culture of cells with the AML1(-/-) genotype, only endothelial-like cells emerged. Interestingly, introduction of AML1 cDNA into the P-Sp/AGM culture with the AML1(-/-) genotype partially restored the production of hematopoietic cells. This restoration was observed for cultures prepared from 9.5-day postcoitum (dpc) embryos but not for cultures prepared from 11.5-dpc embryos. Therefore, the population of endothelial-like cells capable of growing in the AML1(-/-) culture would appear to contain inert but nonetheless competent hematogenic precursor cells up until at least the 9.5- dpc period. All these results support the notion that the AML1 transcription factor functions to develop and maintain hematogenic precursor cells in the embryonic P-Sp/AGM region. (C) 2000 Academic Press.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-36
Number of pages10
JournalDevelopmental Biology
Volume220
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Apr 1

Keywords

  • AGM region
  • AML1
  • Gene targeting
  • Hematopoietic development
  • Transcription factor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology

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