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ISRN Hematology
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 921706, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2011/921706
Review Article

Notch Signaling in T-Cell Development and T-ALL

Department of Cancer Immunology and AIDS, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, 44 Binney Street, Boston, MA 02115, USA

Received 5 November 2010; Accepted 15 December 2010

Academic Editors: A. M. Will, H. Strobl, and T. Yokota

Copyright © 2011 Xiaoyu Li and Harald von Boehmer. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The Notch signaling pathway is an evolutionarily conserved cell signaling system present in most multicellular organisms, as it controls cell fate specification by regulating cell proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis, and survival. Regulation of the Notch signaling pathway can be achieved at multiple levels. Notch proteins are involved in lineage fate decisions in a variety of tissues in various species. Notch is essential for T lineage cell differentiation including T versus B and αβ versus γδ lineage specification. In this paper, we discuss Notch signaling in normal T-cell maturation and differentiation as well as in T-cell acute lymphoblastic lymphoma/leukemia.