GATA1 and PU.1 Bind to Ribosomal Protein Genes in Erythroid Cells: Implications for Ribosomopathies

Elsa P Amanatiadou, Giorgio L Papadopoulos, John Strouboulis, Ioannis S Vizirianakis

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    The clear connection between ribosome biogenesis dysfunction and specific hematopoiesis-related disorders prompted us to examine the role of critical lineage-specific transcription factors in the transcriptional regulation of ribosomal protein (RP) genes during terminal erythroid differentiation. By applying EMSA and ChIP methodologies in mouse erythroleukemia cells we show that GATA1 and PU.1 bind in vitro and in vivo the proximal promoter region of the RPS19 gene which is frequently mutated in Diamond-Blackfan Anemia. Moreover, ChIPseq data analysis also demonstrates that several RP genes are enriched as potential GATA1 and PU.1 gene targets in mouse and human erythroid cells, with GATA1 binding showing an association with higher ribosomal protein gene expression levels during terminal erythroid differentiation in human and mouse. Our results suggest that RP gene expression and hence balanced ribosome biosynthesis may be specifically and selectively regulated by lineage specific transcription factors during hematopoiesis, a finding which may be clinically relevant to ribosomopathies.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)e0140077
    JournalPLoS ONE
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Oct 2015


    • Animals
    • Cell Differentiation
    • Cell Line, Tumor
    • Erythroid Cells/metabolism
    • GATA1 Transcription Factor/metabolism
    • Gene Expression Regulation
    • Hematopoiesis
    • Mice
    • Promoter Regions, Genetic
    • Protein Binding
    • Proteostasis Deficiencies/genetics
    • Proto-Oncogene Proteins/metabolism
    • Ribosomal Proteins/genetics
    • Trans-Activators/metabolism


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