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Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.511, No.4, 935-940, 2019
Function of the PLZF gene in early development and self-renewal of T cells in mice
Background/Aims: The expression of transcription factor Zbtb1 is essential for the maintenance and development of various blood cells in the hematopoietic system. In the current study, we found that the total number of thymocytes in PLZF deficient mice was reduced compared with thymocytes in wild-type mice, and the number of early T-cell progenitors decreased. However, the decrease of thymocytes in PLZF deficient mice was not cell intrinsic. This study adds new information regarding the regulation of the PLZF gene in the development and self-renewal of T cells. Methods: The thymus was isolated from newborn mice, and the two lobes of each thymus were physically separated. Each host received a thymus, two lobes, each placed at one end of the kidney, as described in the literature. Tail vein blood was periodically collected from some of the recipients and analyzed for the presence of peripheral blood T cells. Results: In PLZF-EGFP reporter mice and neonatal thymus transplantation to the kidney, we found that PLZF was highly expressed in DN1 (Lineage(-)CD44(+)CD2(-)) cells of thymic grafts of Rag2/gamma c(-/)(-) recipient mice. We found that the proportion of PLZF wild-type and mutant-derived cells in the thymocytes of recipient mice after bone marrow transplantation is approximately equal to the competitive bone marrow chimeric mouse model, and all mice contain a normal thymus. Conclusion: The development of T cells suggests that the effect of the PLZF gene on T cell differentiation and development is not cell intrinsic. However, in the neonatal mouse thymic transplant model in the Rag2/gamma c-/- recipient mouse, deletion of the PLZF gene results in a significant decrease in the proportion of DN1 cells from the donor in the thymic graft. (C) 2019 Published by Elsevier Inc.
Keywords:Thymocytes;PLZF;Transcription factors;T cells