The Runx1 transcription factor controls CSF-1-dependent and -independent growth and survival of macrophages

Oncogene. 2005 Aug 11;24(34):5278-86. doi: 10.1038/sj.onc.1208657.


Gene translocations that repress the function of the Runx1 transcription factor play a critical role in the development of myeloid leukemia. In this report, we demonstrate that Runx1 precisely regulates c-fms (CSF-1 receptor) gene expression. Runx1 controlled expression by binding to multiple sites within the mouse c-fms gene, allowing interaction between promoter and downstream enhancer elements. The runx1 and c-fms genes showed an identical pattern of expression in mature macrophages. Runx1 expression was repressed in CSF-1 stimulated, proliferating bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMM) and significantly increased in quiescent, CSF-1 starved cells. The RAW264.7 and Mono-Mac-6, macrophage-like cell lines expressed low levels of Runx1 and both showed growth arrest and cell death with ectopic expression of Runx1. The EM-3 cell line, which represents an early myeloid progenitor cell line, showed growth arrest with Runx1 expression in the absence of any detectable changes in cell differentiation. These findings suggest that Runx1 regulates growth and survival of myeloid cells and provide a novel insight into the role of Runx family gene translocations in leukemogenesis.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Cell Proliferation
  • Cell Survival
  • Core Binding Factor Alpha 2 Subunit
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / physiology*
  • Gene Expression Regulation*
  • Humans
  • Leukemia, Myeloid / physiopathology
  • Macrophage Colony-Stimulating Factor / physiology*
  • Macrophages / physiology*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Promoter Regions, Genetic
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins / physiology*
  • Receptor, Macrophage Colony-Stimulating Factor / biosynthesis
  • Receptor, Macrophage Colony-Stimulating Factor / genetics
  • Transcription Factors / physiology*


  • Core Binding Factor Alpha 2 Subunit
  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins
  • RUNX1 protein, human
  • Runx1 protein, mouse
  • Transcription Factors
  • Macrophage Colony-Stimulating Factor
  • Receptor, Macrophage Colony-Stimulating Factor