We have screened protein extracts from chicken blood cells for acetyltransferases. An in gel acetyltransferase assay revealed that a 32 kDa protein, which is more prevalent in whole blood when compared with erythrocyte cells, possessed an auto-acetylation activity. This protein was purified by a series of chromatographic steps, sequenced by Edman degradation and subsequently identified as Myb induced myeloid protein (Mim-1). Mim-1 has similarities to the conserved acetyltransferase motifs found in the GNAT superfamily of proteins and also contains three minimal GK acetylation motifs. These data identify Mim-1 as an acetyltransferase.