Differentiation of mouse erythroleukemia cells enhanced by alternatively spliced c-myb mRNA

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Science  14 Sep 1990:
Vol. 249, Issue 4974, pp. 1291-1293
DOI: 10.1126/science.2205003


C-myb, the normal cellular homolog of the retroviral transforming gene v-myb, encodes a nuclear, transcriptional regulatory protein (p75c-myb). C-myb is involved in regulating normal human hematopoiesis, and inhibits dimethyl sulfoxide-induced differentiation of Friend murine erythroleukemia (F-MEL) cells. An alternately spliced c-myb mRNA encodes a truncated version of p75c-myb (mbm2) that includes the DNA binding region and nuclear localization signal present in the c-myb protein, but does not contain the transcriptional regulatory regions. Constitutive expression of mbm2, in contrast to c-myb, here resulted in enhanced differentiation of F-MEL cells. These data suggest that the c-myb protooncogene encodes alternately spliced mRNA species with opposing effects on differentiation.

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