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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

The B lymphocyte-specific coactivator BOB.1/OBF.1 is required at multiple stages of B-cell development.

The transcriptional coactivator BOB.1/OBF.1 confers B-cell specificity on the transcription factors Oct1 and Oct2 at octamer site-containing promoters. A hallmark of the BOB.1/OBF.1 mutation in the mouse is the absence of germinal center development in secondary lymphoid organs, demonstrating the requirement for BOB.1/OBF.1 in antigen-dependent stages of B-cell differentiation. Here we analyzed earlier stages of B lymphopoiesis in BOB.1/OBF.1-deficient mice. Examination of B-cell development in the bone marrow revealed that the numbers of transitional immature (B220(+) IgM(hi)) B cells were reduced and that B-cell apoptosis was increased. When in competition with wild-type cells, BOB.1/OBF.1(-/-) bone marrow cells exhibited defects in repopulating the bone marrow B-cell compartment and were unable to establish a presence in the periphery of host mice. The defective bone marrow populations in BOB.1/OBF.1(-/-) mice were rescued by conditional expression of a BOB.1/OBF.1 transgene controlled by the tetracycline gene expression system. However, the restored populations did not restore the numbers of IgD(hi) B cells in the periphery, where the BOB.1/OBF.1 transgene was not expressed. These results show that BOB.1/OBF.1(-/-) B cells exhibit multistage defects in B-cell development, including impaired production of transitional B cells and defective maturation of recirculating B cells.[1]


  1. The B lymphocyte-specific coactivator BOB.1/OBF.1 is required at multiple stages of B-cell development. Hess, J., Nielsen, P.J., Fischer, K.D., Bujard, H., Wirth, T. Mol. Cell. Biol. (2001) [Pubmed]
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