H. Daniel Lacorazza

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We utilized gene targeting by homologous recombination to define the role that MEF, a transcriptional activating member of the ETS family of transcription factors, plays in lymphopoiesis. MEF-/- mice have a profound reduction in the number of NK-T and NK cells. Purified MEF-/- NK cells cannot lyse tumor cell targets and secrete only minimal amounts of(More)
Bone marrow hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) balance proliferation and differentiation by integrating complex transcriptional and post-translational mechanisms regulated by cell intrinsic and extrinsic factors. We found that transcripts of G(0)/G(1) switch gene 2 (G0S2) are enriched in lineage(-) Sca-1(+) c-kit(+) (LSK) CD150(+) CD48(-) CD41(-) cells, a(More)
The development and survival of NK cells rely on a complex, spatiotemporal gene expression pattern regulated by specific transcription factors in NK cells and tissue-specific microenvironments supported by hematopoietic cells. Here, we show that somatic deletion of the KLF4 gene, using inducible and lineage-specific cre-transgenic mice, leads to a(More)
Allelic exclusion of immune receptor genes (and molecules) is incompletely understood. With regard to TCRalphabeta lineage T cells, exclusion at the tcr-b, but not tcr-a, locus seems to be strictly controlled at the locus rearrangement level. Consequently, while nearly all developing TCRalphabeta thymocytes express a single TCRbeta protein, many thymocytes(More)
Transcription factors that regulate the quiescence, proliferation and homing of lymphocytes are critical for effective immune system function. Here we demonstrate that the transcription factor ELF4 directly activated the tumor suppressor KLF4 'downstream' of T cell antigen receptor signaling to induce cell cycle arrest in naive CD8(+) T cells. Elf4- and(More)
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common hematological cancer in children. Although risk-adaptive therapy, CNS-directed chemotherapy, and supportive care have improved the survival of ALL patients, disease relapse is still the leading cause of cancer-related death in children. Therefore, new drugs are needed as frontline treatments in high-risk(More)
Signals that emanate from the pre-T cell receptor (pre-TCR) regulate multiple processes required for the development of the alphabeta T cell lineage. In contrast to the gammadelta TCR, the pre-TCR localizes cell-autonomously to membrane rafts, where it appears to signal in a constitutive and ligand-independent manner. We addressed here the role played by(More)
OBJECTIVE The regeneration of the hematopoietic system in bone marrow after chemotherapy depends on a balance between the quiescence and proliferation of lineage-specific progenitor cells. Even though the vascular network in bone is damaged by cytoablation, the transcriptional control of quiescence in endothelial cells is not well known. In this study, we(More)
MEF (myeloid Elf-1 like factor) is a member of the ETS family of transcription factors (TF) with transcriptional activating properties. ETS proteins have been implicated in widely divergent physiological and pathological processes (such as development and oncogenesis). MEF is expressed in non-hematopoietic and hematopoietic (lymphoid and myeloid) tissues,(More)
After puberty, the thymus undergoes a dramatic loss in volume, in weight and in the number of thymocytes, a phenomenon termed age-associated thymic involution. Recently, it was reported that age-associated thymic involution did not occur in mice expressing a rearranged transgenic (Tg) TCRalphabeta receptor. This finding implied that an age-associated defect(More)