GATA1 Is a sensitive and specific nuclear marker for erythroid and megakaryocytic lineages

Winston Y. Lee, Olga K. Weinberg, Geraldine S. Pinkus

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

15 Scopus citations


Objectives: GATA binding factor 1 (GATA1) is a transcription factor essential for erythromegakaryocytic differentiation. Given its function in lineage specification, we sought to evaluate the immunohistochemical profile of GATA1 in normal marrow and acute leukemia and assess the use of GATA1 as a specific erythromegakaryocytic immunohistochemical marker. Methods: Immunohistochemical studies for GATA1 expression were performed on bone marrow biopsy specimens to define its role in the evaluation of acute leukemia and other hematologic disorders. Results: In normal marrows, intense nuclear reactivity is seen in immature erythroid precursors and megakaryocytes. Weak to moderate nuclear positivity is seen in eosinophils and mast cells. In marrows involved by acute leukemia, blasts of pure erythroleukemia and acute megakaryoblastic leukemia exhibit intense nuclear GATA1 positivity, while blasts of acute myeloid leukemia of other categories are negative. GATA1 is also absent in the blasts of acute lymphoblastic leukemia/lymphoma and in the neoplastic cells of metastatic carcinoma and plasma cell neoplasms. Conclusions: Intense GATA1 nuclear expression is a sensitive and specific marker for cells of erythroid and megakaryocytic lineages and is an excellent marker for neoplastic cells of pure erythroleukemia and acute megakaryoblastic leukemia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)420-426
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of clinical pathology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Acute megakaryoblastic leukemia
  • Acute myeloid leukemia
  • GATA1
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Pure erythroid leukemia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


Dive into the research topics of 'GATA1 Is a sensitive and specific nuclear marker for erythroid and megakaryocytic lineages'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this