Fli-1 Is Required for Murine Vascular and Megakaryocytic Development and Is Hemizygously Deleted in Patients with Thrombocytopenia Academic Article uri icon


  • The ETS gene Fli-1 is involved in the induction of erythroleukemia in mice by Friend murine leukemia virus and Ewings sarcoma in children. Mice with a targeted null mutation in the Fli-1 locus die at day 11.5 of embryogenesis with loss of vascular integrity leading to bleeding within the vascular plexus of the cerebral meninges and specific downregulation of Tek/Tie-2, the receptor for angiopoietin-1. We also show that dysmegakaryopoiesis in Fli-1 null embryos resembles that frequently seen in patients with terminal deletions of 11q (Jacobsen or Paris-Trousseau Syndrome). We map the megakaryocytic defects in 14 Jacobsen patients to a minimal region on 11q that includes the Fli-1 gene and suggest that dysmegakaryopoiesis in these patients may be caused by hemizygous loss of Fli-1.


  • Hart, Adam
  • Melet, Fabrice
  • Grossfeld, Paul
  • Chien, Kenneth
  • Jones, Christopher
  • Tunnacliffe, Alan
  • Favier, Remi
  • Bernstein, Alan

publication date

  • August 2000