K-Ras is essential for normal fetal liver erythropoiesis

Waleed F. Khalaf, Hilary White, Mary Jo Wenning, Attilio Orazi, Reuben Kapur, David A. Ingram

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In vitro studies suggest that Ras activation is necessary for erythroid cell development. However, genetic inactivation of the Ras isoforms H-Ras, N-Ras, and K-Ras in mice reportedly did not affect adult or fetal erythropoiesis, though K-Ras-/- embryos were anemic. Given these discrepancies, we performed a more detailed analysis of fetal erythropoiesis in K-Ras-/- embryos. Day-13.5 K-Ras-/- embryos were pale with a marked reduction of mature erythrocytes in their fetal livers. The frequency and number of both early (erythroid burst-forming unit [BFU-E]) and late erythroid progenitors (erythroid colony-forming unit [CFU-E]) were reduced in K-Ras-/- fetal livers compared with wild-type controls and displayed a delay in terminal erythroid cell maturation. Further, K-Ras-/- hematopoietic progenitors had reduced proliferation in response to erythropoietin and Kit ligand compared with control cells. Thus, these studies identify K-Ras as a unique Ras isoform that is essential for regulating fetal erythropoiesis in vivo.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3538-3541
Number of pages4
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology
  • Hematology
  • Cell Biology

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