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Shifting foci of hematopoiesis during reconstitution from single stem cells.

To reveal the early events and dynamics of hematopoietic reconstitution in living animals in real-time, we used bioluminescence imaging to monitor engraftment from single luciferase-labeled hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) in irradiated recipients. Transplanted HSC generated discrete foci in the spleen and bone marrow (BM), at a frequency that correlated with BM compartment size. Initially detected foci could expand locally, seed other sites in BM or spleen, and/or recede with different kinetics. These studies reveal dynamic and variable patterns of engraftment from highly purified HSC and indicate that the final overall contribution of individual HSC to hematopoietic chimerism does not depend on the specific site of initial engraftment and expansion.

Pubmed ID: 14688412


  • Cao YA
  • Wagers AJ
  • Beilhack A
  • Dusich J
  • Bachmann MH
  • Negrin RS
  • Weissman IL
  • Contag CH


Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Publication Data

January 6, 2004

Associated Grants

  • Agency: NCI NIH HHS, Id: CA86065
  • Agency: NCI NIH HHS, Id: P01CA49605
  • Agency: NCI NIH HHS, Id: P20CA86312
  • Agency: NIDDK NIH HHS, Id: R01DK58664
  • Agency: NCI NIH HHS, Id: R24CA92862
  • Agency: NCI NIH HHS, Id: R33CA88303

Mesh Terms

  • Animals
  • Bone Marrow Cells
  • Chimera
  • Graft Survival
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins
  • Hematopoiesis
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cells
  • Luciferases
  • Luminescent Measurements
  • Luminescent Proteins
  • Mice
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • Recombinant Proteins