Elucidation of the role of LMO2 in human erythroid cells

Ai Inoue, Tohru Fujiwara, Yoko Okitsu, Yuna Katsuoka, Noriko Fukuhara, Yasushi Onishi, Kenichi Ishizawa, Hideo Harigae

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LIM-only protein 2 (LMO2) is a non-DNA-binding component of a protein complex containing master regulators of hematopoiesis, including GATA-1, SCL/TAL1, and LDB1. However, the role of LMO2 in human erythroid differentiation is unclear. LMO2 knockdown in hemin-treated K562 cells reduced the benzidine-positive cell ratio, suggesting that LMO2 retards hemin-mediated K562 cell differentiation. Microarray analysis using K562 cells after siRNA-mediated LMO2 knockdown indicated that 177 and 78 genes were upregulated and downregulated (>1.5-fold), respectively. The downregulated gene ensemble contained prototypical erythroid genes (HBB, SLC4A1). Whereas LMO2 knockdown did not affect GATA-1 or SCL/TAL1 expression, it resulted in significantly reduced chromatin occupancy of GATA-1, SCL/TAL1, and LDB1 at the β-globin locus control region and SLC4A1 locus in both K562 cells and human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived erythroid cells. Introduction of GATA-1 mutations, shown to impair direct interaction with LMO2, significantly diminished chromatin occupancy. On the other hand, knockdown of either SCL/TAL1 or LDB1 also resulted in significantly reduced chromatin occupancy of GATA-1 at endogenous loci, suggesting that impaired assembly of these components also affects GATA-1 chromatin occupancy. In an exvivo model of erythroid differentiation from CD34+ cells, LMO2 protein level peaked on day 5 and decreased at later stages of differentiation. The LMO2 expression pattern was similar to those of GATA-1 and SCL/TAL1. Furthermore, shRNA-mediated LMO2 knockdown in primary erythroblasts suggested that LMO2 regulates HBB, HBA, and SLC4A1 expression. LMO2 contributes to GATA-1 target gene expression by affecting assembly of the GATA-SCL/TAL1 complex components at endogenous loci.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1062-1076.e1
JournalExperimental Hematology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Dec

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Hematology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology
  • Cancer Research


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