Schlafen, a new family of growth regulatory genes that affect thymocyte development

Immunity. 1998 Nov;9(5):657-68. doi: 10.1016/s1074-7613(00)80663-9.


The Schlafen (Slfn) family of genes are differentially regulated during thymocyte maturation and are preferentially expressed in the lymphoid tissues. Ectopic expression of the prototype member Slfn1 early in the T lineage profoundly alters cell growth and development. In these mice, the DP thymocytes fail to complete maturation, and, depending on the transgene dosage, the number of thymocytes is reduced to 1%-30% of normal. Furthermore, expression of the Schlafen family members in fibroblasts and thymoma cells either retards or ablates cell growth. The conceptual protein sequences deduced for each of the family members have no similarity to characterized proteins and must therefore participate in a heretofore unknown regulatory mechanism guiding both cell growth and T cell development.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Apoptosis / physiology
  • Cell Division / physiology
  • DNA, Complementary / analysis
  • DNA, Complementary / genetics
  • DNA, Complementary / isolation & purification
  • Gene Expression
  • Genes, Regulator*
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
  • T-Lymphocytes / cytology*
  • T-Lymphocytes / metabolism
  • T-Lymphocytes / physiology*
  • Thymus Gland / cytology*
  • Thymus Gland / growth & development
  • Thymus Gland / physiology


  • DNA, Complementary

Associated data

  • GENBANK/AF099972
  • GENBANK/AF099973
  • GENBANK/AF099974
  • GENBANK/AF099975
  • GENBANK/AF099976
  • GENBANK/AF099977