CAAT/enhancer binding proteins (C/EBP) are a family of transcription factors that mediates adipocyte differentiation and the regulation of genes expressed in immune responses and inflammation, such as interleukin-6 (IL-6), IL-8, and granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF). We investigated the role of C/EBPbeta (NF-IL6) in the generation of bone marrow B lymphocytes by taking advantage of C/EBPbeta-/- mice. We found that the expansion of bone marrow (BM) B lymphocytes was impaired in long-term lymphoid cultures from C/EBPbeta-/- mice. Consistent with this finding, the number of BM B cells was decreased in C/EBPbeta-/- mice. Both the levels of IL-7 gene expression and bioactive IL-7 from BM stromal cells were decreased in C/EBPbeta-/- mice. Furthermore, the proliferative responsiveness of BM B-cell precursors to IL-7 was also reduced as compared to wild-type mice, indicating that C/EBPbeta is required for the generation of BM B cells induced by IL-7. Accordingly, IL-7 stimulates the C/EBPbeta DNA-binding activity of normal BM pre-B lymphocytes as well as of 70Z/3 pre-B cells. These results point to C/EBPbeta as a critical signaling molecule in BM B lymphopoiesis.
|Titolo:||Impaired generation of bone marrow B-lymphocytes in mice deficient in C/EBP beta|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1997|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|