, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 251–268

The making of an erythroid cell

Molecular control of hematopoiesis


The number of circulating red cells is regulated by the daily balance between two processes: the destruction of the old red cells in the liver and the generation of new cells in the bone marrow. The process during which hematopoietic stem cells generate new red cells is called erythropoiesis. This manuscript will describe the molecular mechanisms involved in the process of erythroid differentiation as we understand them today. In particular it will review how erythroid specific growth factor-receptor interactions activate specific transcription factors to turn on the expression of the genes responsible for the establishment of the erythroid phenotype.

Key words

erythropoiesis erythropoietin receptor signal transduction stem cell differentiation transcription factors 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratorio di Biologia CellulareIstituto Superiore di SanitáRomeItaly

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