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Deficiencies in progenitor cells of multiple hematopoietic lineages and defective megakaryocytopoiesis in mice lacking the thrombopoietic receptor c-Mpl.

Blood | Mar 15, 1996

Mice with a null mutation in the thrombopoietin (TPO) receptor c-Mpl were generated by gene targeting. c-mpl-deficient mice developed normally but were deficient in megakaryocytes and severely thrombocytopenic. The hematocrit and numbers of mature circulating leukocytes were normal in mpl-/- mice, as was the distribution of morphologically identifiable precursors in hematopoietic tissues. Bone marrow and spleen cells of adult mpl-/- mice lacked specific binding sites for TPO, were unresponsive to TPO in culture, and displayed a marked deficiency in progenitor cells with megakaryocytic potential. Significantly, total hematopoietic progenitor cell numbers were also reduced in mpl-/- mice including multipotential, blast cell, and committed progenitors of multiple lineages. The megakaryocyte deficiency was evident as early as 14 days of gestation in mpl-deficient mice, although reductions in progenitor cell numbers arose only later in development. The data suggest that the critical function of c-Mpl signalling in megakaryocytopoiesis is in maintenance of mature megakaryocyte numbers through control of progenitor cell proliferation and maturation. Moreover, our results also imply an important role for TPO and c-Mpl in the production of primitive pluripotent progenitor cells as well as progenitor cells committed to nonmegakaryocytic lineages.

Pubmed ID: 8630375 RIS Download

Mesh terms: Amino Acid Sequence | Animals | Bone Marrow | Cell Lineage | Chimera | Colony-Forming Units Assay | Female | Gene Targeting | Hematopoiesis | Hematopoietic Cell Growth Factors | Hematopoietic Stem Cells | Hematopoietic System | Male | Megakaryocytes | Mice | Mice, Inbred C57BL | Mice, Knockout | Molecular Sequence Data | Neoplasm Proteins | Pancytopenia | Proto-Oncogene Proteins | Receptors, Cytokine | Receptors, Thrombopoietin | Recombinant Proteins | Spleen | Stem Cells | Thrombocytopenia | Thrombopoietin

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  • Agency: NCI NIH HHS, Id: CA22551

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