Pearson correlation analysis of micro-array data allows for the identification of genetic targets for early B-cell factor.

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B lymphocyte development is a complex biological process critically dependent on the transcription factor early B cell factor (EBF). To deepen understanding of the roles for EBF in this process, we have used Pearson correlation analysis to evaluate microarray data from a set of mouse B lymphoid cell lines representing different stages of development. Comparing the expression pattern of EBF to that of the other genes in the data set revealed that VpreB1, mb-1, and lambda5, all known target genes, presented high correlation values to EBF. High correlations were also seen for the VpreB3 and CD19 genes and biochemical as well as functional data supported that they are target genes for EBF even though the expression of CD19 was critically dependent of Pax-5. We also obtained evidence for extensive collaborative actions of EBF and E47 even though microarray analysis of hematopoetic progenitor cells ectopically expressing these proteins suggested that they activated only a subset of pre-B cell restricted genes.


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  • Cell and Molecular Biology
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17905-17913
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Hematopoietic Stem Cell Laboratory (013022012), Division of Clinical Genetics (013022003), Diabetes and Endocrinology (013241530)