Transplanted murine long-term repopulating hematopoietic cells can differentiate to osteoblasts in the marrow stem cell niche.

Hofmann TJ, Otsuru S, Marino R, Rasini V, Veronesi E, Murgia A, Lahti J, Boyd K, Dominici M, Horwitz EM
Mol Ther. 2013 21 (6): 1224-31

PMID: 23587920 · PMCID: PMC3677312 · DOI:10.1038/mt.2013.36

Bone marrow transplantation (BMT) can give rise to donor-derived osteopoiesis in mice and humans; however, the source of this activity, whether a primitive osteoprogenitor or a transplantable marrow cell with dual hematopoietic and osteogenic potential, has eluded detection. To address this issue, we fractionated whole BM from mice according to cell surface immunophenotype and assayed the hematopoietic and osteopoietic potentials of the transplanted cells. Here, we show that a donor marrow cell capable of robust osteopoiesis possesses a surface phenotype of c-Kit(+) Lin(-) Sca-1(+) CD34(-/lo), identical to that of the long-term repopulating hematopoietic stem cell (LTR-HSC). Secondary BMT studies demonstrated that a single marrow cell able to contribute to hematopoietic reconstitution in primary recipients also drives robust osteopoiesis and LT hematopoiesis in secondary recipients. These findings indicate that LTR-HSC can give rise to progeny that differentiate to osteoblasts after BMT, suggesting a mechanism for prompt restoration of the osteoblastic HSC niche following BM injury, such as that induced by clinical BMT preparative regimens. An understanding of the mechanisms that regulate this differentiation potential may lead to novel treatments for disorders of bone as well as methods for preserving the integrity of endosteal hematopoietic niches.

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Animals Bone Marrow Transplantation Cell Differentiation Hematopoiesis Hematopoietic Stem Cells Immunohistochemistry Immunophenotyping In Situ Hybridization, Fluorescence Mice Osteoblasts Phenotype Pilot Projects Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-kit Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction Stem Cell Niche

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