Induction of megakaryocyte differentiation by a novel pregnancy-specific hormone

Jiandie Lin, Daniel I.H. Linzer*

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Maturation of megakaryocytes and subsequent platelet release are normally regulated by a network of cytokines, including thrombopoietin and various interleukins. Because abnormal platelet production and activation have been implicated in gestational pathologies, additional pregnancy- specific cytokines may play important roles in the regulation of megakaryocytopoiesis. Consistent with this hypothesis, we have found that the hormone prolactin-like protein E, a placental hormone that we have recently characterized, targets megakaryocytes through a specific cell surface receptor and induces megakaryocyte differentiation through a gp130-dependent signal transduction pathway.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21485-21489
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number30
StatePublished - Jul 23 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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