Katia Georgopoulos

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The Ikaros gene encodes a family of early hematopoietic- and lymphocyte-restricted transcription factors. Mice homozygous for a germline mutation in the Ikaros DNA-binding domain lack not only T and B lymphocytes and natural killer cells but also their earliest defined progenitors. In contrast, the erythroid and myeloid lineages were intact in these mutant(More)
We previously described the lymphocyte-restricted Ikaros gene encoding a zinc finger DNA-binding protein as a potential regulator of lymphocyte commitment and differentiation. Here, we report the isolation of four additional Ikaros transcripts, products of alternate splicing that encode functionally diverse proteins. The Ikaros proteins contain unique(More)
Mice homozygous for an Ikaros null mutation display distinct defects in the development of fetal and adult lymphocytes. Fetal T lymphocytes, and fetal and adult B lymphocytes and their earliest progenitors are absent. Postnatally, hematopoietic stem cells give rise to thymocyte precursors that undergo aberrant differentiation into the CD4 lineage and clonal(More)
The mechanisms regulating lineage potential during early hematopoiesis were investigated. First, a cascade of lineage-affiliated gene expression signatures, primed in hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) and differentially propagated in lineage-restricted progenitors, was identified. Lymphoid transcripts were primed as early as the HSC, together with myeloid and(More)
The Ikaros gene is essential for lymphoid lineage specification. As previously reported, mice homozygous for a mutation in the Ikaros DNA-binding domain fail to generate mature lymphocytes as well as their earliest described progenitors. In addition, our studies with mice heterozygous for this mutation establish the Ikaros gene as an essential regulator of(More)
The regulated production of several terminally differentiated cell types of the blood and immune systems (haematopoiesis) has been the focus of many studies on cell-fate determination. Chromatin and the control of its structure have been implicated in the regulation of cell-fate decisions and in the maintenance of the determined states. Here, I review(More)
The Ikaros gene family encodes zinc finger DNA-binding proteins essential for lineage determination and control of proliferation in the lymphoid system. Here, we report that, in the nucleus of a T cell, a major fraction of Ikaros and Aiolos proteins associate with the DNA-dependent ATPase Mi-2 and histone deacetylases, in a 2 MD complex. This Ikaros-NURD(More)
BACKGROUND Normal hematopoietic development depends on the activity of the Ikaros transcription factor, which contains distinct zinc-finger domains that mediate DNA binding and protein dimerization. Mice homozygous for a transgene encoding a dominant-negative version of Ikaros that lacks the DNA-binding domain but not the dimerization domain have a more(More)
ICF (Immunodeficiency, Centromeric instability and Facial anomalies) syndrome is a rare autosomal recessive disease caused by mutations in the DNA methyltransferase gene DNMT3B. To investigate the function of Dnmt3b in mouse development and to create animal models for ICF syndrome, we have generated three mutant alleles of Dnmt3b in mice: one carrying a(More)
Ikaros is expressed in early hematopoietic progenitors and is required for lymphoid differentiation. In the absence of Ikaros, there is a lack of markers defining fate restriction along lympho-myeloid pathways, but it is unclear whether formation of specific progenitors or expression of their markers is affected. Here we use a reporter based on Ikaros(More)