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Annexin V: PE Apoptosis Detection Kit (559763) was purchased from BD Bioscience (San Diego, CA, USA)

Annexin V: PE Apoptosis Detection Kit (559763) was purchased from BD Bioscience (San Diego, CA, USA). 3. identify both c-Myc and survivin as important mediators of the Notch signalingCregulated differentiation of T lymphocytes from hematopoietic stem cells. and [1,2]. NICD binding switches from a transcriptional repressor to an activator, subsequently initiating transcription of a number of genes. Although Notch1 Bis-PEG1-C-PEG1-CH2COOH receptor (N1R) is the central Notch receptor involved in T cell lineage commitment and thymic T cell maturation, the physiological ligands of N1R in these processes are not clear. The thymic epithelial microenvironment expresses all ligands, except DLL3 which is usually undetectable on thymic epithelial cells (TECs) [3], and most likely not an activating ligand but a negative regulator of Notch activation [4]. Neither jagged ligand plays an essential role, as and mice have common T cell development [5], indicating DLL1 and/or DLL4 ligands which support both T cell differentiation in vitro and in vivo [6]. Remarkably, conditional inactivation of DLL1 in thymocytes and/or TECs was unable to prevent T cell development [7], while inactivation of DLL4 in TECs led to a complete block in developing T cells, suggesting that DLL4 contributes a critical function throughout T cell development in the thymus [8]. Nevertheless, we have Bis-PEG1-C-PEG1-CH2COOH generated a different OP9 stromal cell line (i.e., OP9-DLL1/DLL4) expressing DLL1 and DLL4 molecules, and this cell line substantially induces HSCs towards CD8+ T lymphocyte differentiation in vitro. In the present study, which utilized an in vitro T cell differentiation system of OP9-DLL1/DLL4, we identified the transcriptional factor c-Myc and the inhibitor of apoptosis (IAP) protein, survivin, as crucial mediators of Notch signalingCregulated T cell differentiation. We show that over-expression of c-Myc increased whereas dominant-negative (DN) Bis-PEG1-C-PEG1-CH2COOH c-Myc reduced survivin expression, which corresponded to increased or reduced T cell differentiation. Our study demonstrates the functional role of the NotchCc-MycCsurvivin axis in promoting HSC-T cell differentiation. 2. Materials and Methods 2.1. Cells and Bis-PEG1-C-PEG1-CH2COOH Mice OP9 cells overexpressing DLL1 and DLL4 ligands (OP9-DLL1/DLL4) were generated by retrovirus-mediated gene introduction and enriched by fluorescent activated cell sorting (FACS). OT-I TCR-transgenic mice were bred on a C57BL/6 background and express a T-cell receptor (TCR) composed of variable (V5 and V2) chains responsive to an ovalbumin (OVA) 257C264 peptide (i.e., SIINFEKL). OT-I TCR transgenic and C57BL/6 mice (four- to six-week-old) were purchased from the Jackson Laboratory (Bar Harbor, ME, USA). Lck-survivinflox/flox mice were kindly provided by Dr. Tak W. Mak (Ontario Cancer Institute). All experiments were carried out in compliance with the regulations of the Animal Care Committee of The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine (#45470 and #47002), and in accordance with guidelines by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care. 2.2. HSC-T Cell Differentiation CD117+ HSCs from the bone marrows of OT-I TCR transgenic mice were co-cultured with SNL feeder cells [9] and transduced with the retroviral constructs that express either green fluorescent protein (GFP) only or GFP plus c-Myc. HSCs (GFP+) were separated using a MoFlo high performance cell sorter (Dako Cytomation, Fort Collins, CO, USA), and then co-cultured with OP9-DLL1/DLL4 cells as well as cytokines, including IL-7 and Flt3L. 2.3. Retroviral Transduction Mig-c-Myc-IRES-GFP (Mig-c-Myc) was obtained from Addgene (Cambridge, MA, USA), and Mig-dn-c-Myc (106C143)-IRES-GFP (Mig-dnMyc) was generated as described [10]. Construction and use of Mig-dn-MAML1 (ICN13-74) was described previously [11]. Retroviral Srebf1 transduction was implemented as described [9]. Expression of DsRed was confirmed by flow cytometric analysis, gating on GFP+ cells. The gene-transduced DsRed+ GFP+ cells were isolated using a high-speed cell sorter as mentioned above. 2.4. PCR-Based Array and RT-PCR Mouse Transcription Factors RT2 Profiler PCR Array (Cat. #PAMM-075A) was implemented with RT2 SYBR Green Mastermix (Cat. #330522).