To gain some insight into the role of c-myb and c-fes in myeloid differentiation, the authors have analyzed the ability of HL60 cells to differentiate in response to several different inducers after inhibition of c-myb and c-fes function. This function has been inhibited almost completely by using deoxynucleotides complementary to two 18-nucleotide sequences of c-myb and c-fes encoding mRNA. After 5 days in culture, in several separate experiments with different oligomer preparations, more than 90% growth inhibition was observed in c-myb antisense-treated HL60 cells. At this time, independent of the differentiation inducer used, c-myb antisense-treated HL60 cells differentiate only along the monocytic pathway, whereas in sense oligomer-treated cultures, retinoic acid and dimethyl sulfoxide induced granulocytic differentiation. No perturbation of the HL60 cell growth was observed after 5 days of treatment with antisense c-fes oligomer. However, induction to granulocytic differentiation by retinoic acid and dimethyl sulfoxide resulted in progressive cell death, whereas monocytic differentiation by other differentiation inducers was only marginally affected. These results suggest that granulocytic, unlike monocytic, differentiation requires c-myb-conditioned proliferation and the activity of the protein encoded by c-fes.
Differential effects of c-myb and c-fes antisense oligodeoxynucleotides on granulocytic differentiation of human myeloid leukemia HL60 cells / Ferrari, S.; Donelli, A.; Manfredini, R.; Sarti, M.; Roncaglia, R.; Tagliafico, E.; Rossi, E.; Torelli, G.; Torelli, U.. - In: CELL GROWTH & DIFFERENTIATION. - ISSN 1044-9523. - 1:11(1990), pp. 543-548.