Deficient T cell fate specification in mice with an induced inactivation of Notch1

Immunity. 1999 May;10(5):547-58. doi: 10.1016/s1074-7613(00)80054-0.


Notch proteins are cell surface receptors that mediate developmental cell specification events. To explore the function of murine Notch1, an essential portion of the gene was flanked with loxP sites and inactivation induced via interferon-regulated Cre recombinase. Mice with a neonatally induced loss of Notch1 function were transiently growth retarded and had a severe deficiency in thymocyte development. Competitive repopulation of lethally irradiated wild-type hosts with wild-type- and Notch1-deficient bone marrow revealed a cell autonomous blockage in T cell development at an early stage, before expression of T cell lineage markers. Notch1-deficient bone marrow did, however, contribute normally to all other hematopoietic lineages. These findings suggest that Notch1 plays an obligatory and selective role in T cell lineage induction.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Newborn
  • B-Lymphocytes / cytology
  • CD4 Antigens / genetics
  • CD8 Antigens / genetics
  • Cell Differentiation / drug effects
  • Cell Division / genetics
  • Flow Cytometry
  • Gene Expression
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Membrane Proteins / genetics*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • Phenotype
  • Receptor, Notch1
  • Receptors, Cell Surface*
  • T-Lymphocytes / cytology*
  • Thymus Gland / growth & development
  • Transcription Factors*


  • CD4 Antigens
  • CD8 Antigens
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Notch1 protein, mouse
  • Receptor, Notch1
  • Receptors, Cell Surface
  • Transcription Factors