Hemoglobin switching: a cellular model

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Science  08 Feb 1980:
Vol. 207, Issue 4431, pp. 647-649
DOI: 10.1126/science.6928071


Regulation of hemoglobin synthesis depends in part on the population of cells available for erythroid differentiation. Mouse erythroleukemia cells were cloned, and the clones were induced with dimethyl sulfoxide to test the relative induction of beta minor and beta major synthesis. Cells of line 745 produced approximately 35 percent beta minor after induction, and 39 clones of line 745 produced from 23 to 61 percent beta minor. Further subcloning of the clone that produced 61 percent beta minor led to three subclones, all of which produced more than 90 percent beta minor. Thus one kind of hemoglobin regulation occurs at the cellular level.