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Thyroid hormone regulates hematopoiesis via the TR-KLF9 axis.

Li, Hong, Wei, Luo, Zheng, Qin, Yao, Huang, Ying, Jia, Wang, Liu, Hai, Shi, Cao, Zhang, Xue, Zhou, Zhao, Meng
Congenital hypothyroidism (CH) is one of the most prevalent endocrine diseases and is often accompanied by anemia and immunodeficiency in patients, for which the underlying mechanisms remain unknown. Here we created a severe CH model together with anemia and T lymphopenia to mimic the clinical features of hypothyroid patients by ethylnitrosourea (ENU) mutagenesis in Bama miniature pigs. A novel recessive c.1226A>G transition of the dual oxidase 2 (DUOX2) gene was identified as the causative mutation. This mutation hindered the production of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and thus contributed to thyroid hormone (TH) synthesis failure. Transcriptome sequencing analysis of the thymuses showed that Krüppel-like factor 9 (KLF9) was predominantly down-regulated in hypothyroid mutants. KLF9 was verified to be directly regulated by TH in a TH receptor (TR)-dependent manner both in vivo and in vitro Furthermore, knockdown of klf9 in zebrafish embryos impaired hematopoietic development including erythroid maturation and T lymphopoiesis. Our findings suggest that the TR-KLF9 axis is responsible for the hematopoietic dysfunction and might be exploited for the development of novel therapeutic interventions for thyroid diseases.

Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.1182/blood-2017-05-783043

DOI: 10.1182/blood-2017-05-783043

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