The role of chromatin structure in lineage commitment of multipotent hematopoietic progenitors (HPCs) is presently unclear. We show here that CD34(+) HPCs possess a post-replicative chromatin globally devoid of the repressive histone mark H3K27me3. This H3K27-unmodified chromatin is required for recruitment of lineage-determining transcription factors (TFs) C/EBPα, PU.1, and GATA-1 to DNA just after DNA replication upon cytokine-induced myeloid or erythroid commitment. Blocking DNA replication or increasing H3K27me3 levels prevents recruitment of these TFs to DNA and suppresses cytokine-induced erythroid or myeloid differentiation. However, H3K27me3 is rapidly associated with nascent DNA in more primitive human and murine HPCs. Treatment of these cells with instructive cytokines leads to a significant delay in accumulation of H3K27me3 in nascent chromatin due to activity of the H3K27me3 demethylase UTX. Thus, HPCs utilize special mechanisms of chromatin modification for recruitment of specific TFs to DNA during early stages of lineage specification.
Petruk, Svetlana; Mariani, Samanta A.; De Dominici, Marco; Porazzi, Patrizia; Minieri, Valentina; Cai, Jingli; Iacovitti, Lorraine; Flomenberg, Neal; Calabretta, Bruno; and Mazo, Alexander, "Structure of Nascent Chromatin Is Essential for Hematopoietic Lineage Specification." (2017). Department of Cancer Biology Faculty Papers. Paper 115.
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