CD34 expression by embryonic hematopoietic and endothelial cells does not require c-MYB

D. S. Krause, M. L. Mucenski, A. M. Lawler, W. S. May

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CD34 is a cell-surface glycoprotein expressed in a developmental, stage- specific manner by bone marrow stem and progenitor cells. In this study we explored a possible role for c-Myb in CD34 regulation during developmental hematopoiesis. The results indicate that c-Myb can induce CD34 expression in hematopoietic and nonhematopoietic cells, and that murine CD34 promoter activity is enhanced in myeloid cells transgenic for c-Myb. To test whether c-Myb is necessary for CD34 expression during developmental hematopoiesis in vitro, c-Myb-null D3 embryonic stem (ES) cells were analyzed for their ability to develop CD34+ hematopoietic cells in vitro. CD34 promoter activity in transient transfections and CD34 upregulation during ES cell differentiation into embryoid bodies was identical in wild-type and c-Myb- null ES cells, indicating that c-Myb is not required for CD34 expression. CD34 protein is expressed on both hematopoietic and endothelial cells of the E8.5 blood islands during the development of c-Myb-null embryos, and expression is nearly identical in wild-type and c-Myb-null embryos. However, in E12.5 c-Myb-null embryos, the majority of identifiable CD34+ cells in the developing liver are endothelial rather than hematopoietic, which is consistent with the absence of colony-forming units in c-Myb-null embryos and developing ES cells. These data indicate that c-Myb is not required for CD34 expression in endothelial or primitive hematopoietic cells in the yolk sac, but is necessary for definitive hematopoiesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1086-1092
Number of pages7
JournalExperimental Hematology
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • C-Myb
  • CD34
  • Hematopoiesis
  • Murine
  • Transcriptional regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Hematology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology
  • Cancer Research


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