The identification of early markers of myeloid differentiation can facilitate an understanding of how differentiation is arrested in leukemogenesis. Using murine bone marrow and the granulocyte-precusor cell line 32Dc13, we show that message for the granulocyte colony- stimulating factor receptor (G-CSFR) is upregulated by G-CSF in an immediate early fashion that is specific to the differentiation pathway and is antagonized by interleukin-3. We further show that G-CSFR message is superinduced by cycloheximide and that these patterns of regulation are altered in leukemic cell lines. In particular, the v-abl oncogene product supresses both ligand-mediated upregulation and superinduction of the G-CSFR gene.

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