ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-150825-50
Irf4 Regulates the Choice between T Lymphoid-Primed Progenitor and Myeloid Lineage Fates during Embryogenesis
Wang, S., He, Q., Ma, D., Xue, Y., Liu, F.
Date: 2015
Source: Developmental Cell   34(6): 621-31 (Journal)
Registered Authors: Liu, Feng, Ma, Dongyuan
Keywords: none
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Blotting, Western
  • Cell Differentiation
  • Cell Lineage*
  • Cell Proliferation
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Embryo, Nonmammalian/cytology*
  • Embryo, Nonmammalian/physiology*
  • Epitopes, T-Lymphocyte/physiology*
  • Immunoenzyme Techniques
  • Interferon Regulatory Factors/genetics
  • Interferon Regulatory Factors/metabolism*
  • Mice
  • Myeloid Cells/cytology*
  • Myeloid Cells/metabolism
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins/genetics
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins/metabolism
  • RNA, Messenger/genetics
  • Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Stem Cells/cytology*
  • Stem Cells/metabolism
  • Trans-Activators/genetics
  • Trans-Activators/metabolism
  • Zebrafish/genetics
  • Zebrafish/growth & development*
  • Zebrafish/metabolism
PubMed: 26300447 Full text @ Dev. Cell
T lymphoid-primed progenitors are hematopoietic progenitors destined to enter the thymus. The in vivo characterization of these embryonic progenitors is challenging, however, due to the intrauterine development of mouse embryos. Thus, how the fate of these cells is determined has not been fully defined in mammals. Here we use zebrafish embryos to show that the homing of T lymphoid-primed progenitors to the thymus is impaired, concomitant with a decrease in ccr9a expression, in the absence of irf4a. Strikingly, fate mapping assays at the single-cell level showed a fate change of irf4a-deficient T lymphoid-primed progenitors to myeloid cells, accompanied by an increase in Pu.1 expression. These data indicate that in addition to regulating ccr9a expression, Irf4a is essential in T lymphoid-primed progenitors for repressing Pu.1 expression to prevent an alternate fate. Our findings provide insight into the fate determination mechanism of T lymphoid-primed progenitors.