BBS Faculty Member - Hanno Hock

Hanno Hock

Department of Medicine

Massachusetts General Hospital
Simches Research Building, CPZN 4200, 4th Floor
185 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114
Tel: 617-643-3145
Fax: 617-643-3170
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Our laboratory is interested in the transcriptional regulation of normal blood cell development and leukemia. All blood cells arise from a small population of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) that have the capacity to, both, self-renew and mature stepwise into all known blood lineages. HSCs are also the ancestors of leukemic cells. As HSCs mature, they undergo successive changes in gene expression that are orchestrated by transcription factors. The transcriptional apparatus must ensure that genes specific to immature cells are repressed as differentiation proceeds while genes necessary for the function of mature blood cells become activated. This is achieved by co-operative action of a variety of lineage specific and general transcription factors. Individual transcription factors function in a highly context sensitive manner, so that in some cases the same transcription factor may even have opposite roles in different lineages. Using genetically engineered mouse strains, we investigate how key transcription factors establish differentiation specific transcriptional programs and how abnormal transcription factors derail this process to allow for the development leukemia. Our major emphasis is on three transcription factors: the Ets-related transcription factor Tel/Etv6 and the zinc-finger transcription factor Gfi-1, both critical for maintaining HSCs in the bone marrow, and the leukemia translocation-associated hybrid transcription factor Tel-Aml1.

Last Update: 8/22/2013


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Hock H, Meade E, Medeiros S, Schindler JW, Valk PJ, Fujiwara Y, Orkin SH: Tel/Etv6 is an essential and selective regulator of adult hematopoietic stem cell survival. Genes Dev 2004, 18:2336-2341.

Hock H, Hamblen MJ, Rooke HM, Schindler JW, Saleque S, Fujiwara Y, Orkin SH: Gfi-1 restricts proliferation and preserves functional integrity of haematopoietic stem cells. Nature 2004, 431:1002-1007.

Foudi, A., Hochedlinger, K., Van Buren, D., Schindler, J.W., Jaenisch, R., Carey. V., Hock, H. Analysis of histone 2B-GFP retention reveals slowly cycling hematopoietic stem cells. Nature Biotechnology 2009; 27(1): 84-90.

Schindler, J.W., Van Buren, D., Foudi, A., Krejci, O., A.,Qin, J., Orkin, S.H. and Hock, H. TEL-AML1 corrupts Hematopoietic Stem Cells to persist in the Bone Marrow and initiate Leukemia (Cell Stem Cell, 2009, in press).

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