PU.1 activation relieves GATA-1-mediated repression of Cebpa and Cbfb during leukemia differentiation

Pavel Burda, Nikola Curik, Juraj Kokavec, Petra Basova, Dana Mikulenkova, Arthur I. Skoultchi, Jiri Zavadil, Tomas Stopka

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

21 Scopus citations


Hematopoietic transcription factors GATA-1 and PU.1 bind each other on DNA to block transcriptional programs of undesired lineage during hematopoietic commitment. Murine erythroleukemia (MEL) cells that coexpress GATA-1 and PU.1 are blocked at the blast stage but respond to molecular removal (downregulation) of PU.1 or addition (upregulation) of GATA-1 by inducing terminal erythroid differentiation. To test whether GATA-1 blocks PU.1 in MEL cells,we have conditionally activated a transgenic PU.1 protein fused with the estrogen receptor ligand-binding domain (PUER),resulting in activation of a myeloid transcriptional program. Gene expression arrays identified components of the PU.1-dependent transcriptome negatively regulated by GATA-1 in MEL cells,including CCAAT/enhancer binding protein á (Cebpa) and core-binding factor, â subunit (Cbfb),which encode two key hematopoietic transcription factors. Inhibition of GATA-1 by small interfering RNA resulted in derepression of PU.1 target genes. Chromatin immunoprecipitation and reporter assays identified PU.1 motif sequences near Cebpa and Cbfb that are co-occupied by PU.1 and GATA-1 in the leukemic blasts. Significant derepression of Cebpa and Cbfb is achieved in MEL cells by either activation of PU.1 or knockdown of GATA-1. Furthermore,transcriptional regulation of these loci by manipulating the levels of PU.1 and GATA-1 involves quantitative increases in a transcriptionally active chromatin mark: acetylation of histone H3K9. Collectively,we show that either activation of PU.1 or inhibition of GATA-1 efficiently reverses the transcriptional block imposed by GATA-1 and leads to the activation of a myeloid transcriptional program directed by PU.1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1693-1703
Number of pages11
JournalMolecular Cancer Research
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


Dive into the research topics of 'PU.1 activation relieves GATA-1-mediated repression of Cebpa and Cbfb during leukemia differentiation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this