Expression of ets family of genes in systemic lupus erythematosus and Sjogren's syndrome

Int J Oncol. 1996 Jul;9(1):9-18.


We have examined the expression of three members of the ets family of genes, ETS1, ETS2 and ERGB/Fli-1, in lymphocytes from patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and in two murine autoimmune model systems. The ERGB/Fli-1 gene is expressed at a higher level in lymphocytes from autoimmune disease patients than healthy individuals. In addition, we found that the ERGB/Fli-1 gene expression is higher in splenic T-cells from lupus prone mice and in infiltrating lymphocytes in the salivary glands of HTLV-I tax transgenic mice. Taken together, these results suggest that the elevated expression of the ERGB/Fli-1 gene in lymphocytes may be a prelude to the development of autoimmune diseases.