Revisiting a selection of target genes for the hematopoietic transcription factor c-Myb using chromatin immunoprecipitation and c-Myb knockdown

Blood Cells Mol Dis. Nov-Dec 2007;39(3):278-86. doi: 10.1016/j.bcmd.2007.05.007. Epub 2007 Jun 22.


The transcription factor c-Myb is an important regulator of hematopoiesis required for proper development of most blood cell lineages in vertebrates. An increasing number of target genes for c-Myb are being published, although with little or no overlap between the lists of genes reported. This raises the question of which criteria a bona fide c-Myb-target gene should satisfy. In the present paper, we have analyzed a set of previously reported target genes using chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) and siRNA-mediated knockdown. Among the seven well-studied c-Myb target genes that we analyzed by ChIP, only ADA, c-MYC and MAT2A seemed to be occupied by c-Myb under our experimental settings in the Myb-positive cell lines Jurkat and HL60. After siRNA-mediated knockdown of c-Myb expression, the expression levels of two out of three ChIP positive Myb target genes, ADA and c-MYC, were strongly affected. These results clearly demonstrate the importance of combining different methods for target gene validation and suggest that a combination of ChIP and c-Myb knockdown may represent a powerful approach to identify a core collection of c-Myb target genes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adenosine Deaminase / genetics
  • Adenosine Deaminase / metabolism
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Chromatin Immunoprecipitation*
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Gene Silencing
  • Hematopoiesis / genetics*
  • Humans
  • Locus Control Region
  • Methionine Adenosyltransferase / genetics
  • Methionine Adenosyltransferase / metabolism
  • Promoter Regions, Genetic
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-myb / genetics
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-myb / metabolism*
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-myc / genetics
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-myc / metabolism


  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-myb
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-myc
  • Methionine Adenosyltransferase
  • Adenosine Deaminase