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Hes1 is a critical but context-dependent mediator of canonical Notch signaling in lymphocyte development and transformation.

Although canonical Notch signaling regulates multiple hematopoietic lineage decisions including T cell and marginal zone B cell fate specification, the downstream molecular mediators of Notch function are largely unknown. We showed here that conditional inactivation of Hes1, a well-characterized Notch target gene, in adult murine bone marrow (BM) cells severely impaired T cell development without affecting other Notch-dependent hematopoietic lineages such as marginal zone B cells. Competitive mixed BM chimeras, intrathymic transfer experiments, and in vitro culture of BM progenitors on Delta-like-expressing stromal cells further demonstrated that Hes1 is required for T cell lineage commitment, but dispensable for Notch-dependent thymocyte maturation through and beyond the beta selection checkpoint. Furthermore, our data strongly suggest that Hes1 is essential for the development and maintenance of Notch-induced T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Collectively, our studies identify Hes1 as a critical but context-dependent mediator of canonical Notch signaling in the hematopoietic system.

Pubmed ID: 21093323


  • Wendorff AA
  • Koch U
  • Wunderlich FT
  • Wirth S
  • Dubey C
  • Brüning JC
  • MacDonald HR
  • Radtke F



Publication Data

November 24, 2010

Associated Grants


Mesh Terms

  • Animals
  • B-Lymphocytes
  • Basic Helix-Loop-Helix Transcription Factors
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental
  • Homeodomain Proteins
  • Lymphocyte Activation
  • Mice
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • Precursor T-Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Lymphoma
  • Receptors, Notch
  • T-Lymphocytes
  • Thymus Gland