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The pleiotropic effects of GATA1 and KLF1 in physiological erythropoiesis and in dyserythropoietic disorders

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Gloria Barbarani, Cristina Fugazza, John Strouboulis, Antonella E. Ronchi

Original languageEnglish
Article number91
JournalFrontiers in Physiology
Accepted/In press25 Jan 2019
Published12 Feb 2019


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In the last few years, the advent of new technological approaches has led to a better knowledge of the ontogeny of erythropoiesis during development and of the journey leading from hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) to mature red blood cells (RBCs). Our view of a well-defined hierarchical model of hematopoiesis with a near-homogeneous HSC population residing at the apex has been progressively challenged in favor of a landscape where HSCs themselves are highly heterogeneous and lineages separate earlier than previously thought. The coordination of these events is orchestrated by transcription factors (TFs) that work in a combinatorial manner to activate and/or repress their target genes. The development of next generation sequencing (NGS) has facilitated the identification of pathological mutations involving TFs underlying hematological defects. The examples of GATA1 and KLF1 presented in this review suggest that in the next few years the number of TF mutations associated with dyserythropoietic disorders will further increase.

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