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GSE69227: Combined heterozygous loss of Ebf1 and Pax5 allows for T-lineage conversion of B-cell progenitors

Bulk RNA sequencing

In order to investigate how transcription factor dose impacts B-lymphocyte development, we generated mice carrying transheterozygous mutations in the Pax5 and Ebf1 genes. While combined reduction of Pax5 and Ebf1 dose had minimal impact on the development of the earliest CD19+ progenitors, these cells displayed an increased T-cell potential in vivo and in vitro. Alteration in lineage fate depended on a Notch1 mediated conversion process while no signs of de-differentiation could be detected. The differences in functional response to Notch signaling in Wt and Pax5+/-Ebf1+/- pro-B cells was reflected in the transcriptional response because even though cells of both genotypes responded by the generation of intracellular Notch1 and activation of a set of target genes, only the Pax5+/-Ebf1+/- pro-B cells down-regulated genes central for the preservation of stable B-cell identity. This report stresses the importance of transcription factor dose in lymphocyte development and suggests that Pax5 and Ebf1 collaborate to modulate the transcriptional response to Notch signaling after the generation of activated intracellular Notch1. This provides an insight to how transcription factors like Ebf1 and Pax5 preserve cellular identity during differentiation. SOURCE: Rajesh Somasundaram ( - Lab 1, Floor- 13 Dept of Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKE) Linkoping University

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