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CD117 antibody


Antibody ID


Target Antigen

CD117 mouse

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(BD Biosciences Cat# 553356, RRID:AB_398536)


monoclonal antibody


Flow cytometry

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CARM1 Is Essential for Myeloid Leukemogenesis but Dispensable for Normal Hematopoiesis.

  • Greenblatt SM
  • Cancer Cell
  • 2018 Jun 11

Literature context:


Chromatin-modifying enzymes, and specifically the protein arginine methyltransferases (PRMTs), have emerged as important targets in cancer. Here, we investigated the role of CARM1 in normal and malignant hematopoiesis. Using conditional knockout mice, we show that loss of CARM1 has little effect on normal hematopoiesis. Strikingly, knockout of Carm1 abrogates both the initiation and maintenance of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) driven by oncogenic transcription factors. We show that CARM1 knockdown impairs cell-cycle progression, promotes myeloid differentiation, and ultimately induces apoptosis. Finally, we utilize a selective, small-molecule inhibitor of CARM1 to validate the efficacy of CARM1 inhibition in leukemia cells in vitro and in vivo. Collectively, this work suggests that targeting CARM1 may be an effective therapeutic strategy for AML.

Funding information:
  • Wellcome Trust - A11961(United Kingdom)

Extrathymically Generated Regulatory T Cells Establish a Niche for Intestinal Border-Dwelling Bacteria and Affect Physiologic Metabolite Balance.

  • Campbell C
  • Immunity
  • 2018 Jun 19

Literature context:


The mammalian gut microbiota provides essential metabolites to the host and promotes the differentiation and accumulation of extrathymically generated regulatory T (pTreg) cells. To explore the impact of these cells on intestinal microbial communities, we assessed the composition of the microbiota in pTreg cell-deficient and -sufficient mice. pTreg cell deficiency led to heightened type 2 immune responses triggered by microbial exposure, which disrupted the niche of border-dwelling bacteria early during colonization. Moreover, impaired pTreg cell generation led to pervasive changes in metabolite profiles, altered features of the intestinal epithelium, and reduced body weight in the presence of commensal microbes. Absence of a single species of bacteria depleted in pTreg cell-deficient animals, Mucispirillum schaedleri, partially accounted for the sequelae of pTreg cell deficiency. These observations suggest that pTreg cells modulate the metabolic function of the intestinal microbiota by restraining immune defense mechanisms that may disrupt a particular bacterial niche.

Funding information:
  • NIAID NIH HHS - R01 AI043363(United States)

Endothelial insulin receptor restoration rescues vascular function in male insulin receptor haploinsufficient mice.

  • Sengupta A
  • Endocrinology
  • 2018 May 15

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Reduced systemic insulin signaling promotes endothelial dysfunction and diminished endogenous vascular repair. We asked whether restoration of endothelial insulin receptor expression could rescue this phenotype. Insulin receptor haploinsufficient mice (IRKO) were crossed with mice expressing a human insulin receptor transgene in the endothelium (hIRECO), to produce IRKO-hIRECO progeny. No metabolic differences were noted between IRKO and IRKO-hIRECO in glucose- and insulin-tolerance tests. In contrast with control IRKO littermates, IRKO-hIRECO exhibited normal blood pressure and aortic vasodilatation in response to acetylcholine, comparable to parameters noted in wild-type littermates. These phenotypic changes were associated with enhanced basal- and insulin-stimulated nitric oxide production. IRKO-hIRECO also demonstrated normalized endothelial repair after denuding arterial injury, which was associated with rescued endothelial cell migration in vitro, but not with changes in circulating progenitor populations or culture-derived myeloid angiogenic cells. These data show that restoration of endothelial insulin receptor expression alone is sufficient to prevent the vascular dysfunction caused by systemically reduced insulin signaling.

Funding information:
  • NIAID NIH HHS - SC1-AI-078559(United States)

Spred1 Safeguards Hematopoietic Homeostasis against Diet-Induced Systemic Stress.

  • Tadokoro Y
  • Cell Stem Cell
  • 2018 May 3

Literature context:


Stem cell self-renewal is critical for tissue homeostasis, and its dysregulation can lead to organ failure or tumorigenesis. While obesity can induce varied abnormalities in bone marrow components, it is unclear how diet might affect hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) self-renewal. Here, we show that Spred1, a negative regulator of RAS-MAPK signaling, safeguards HSC homeostasis in animals fed a high-fat diet (HFD). Under steady-state conditions, Spred1 negatively regulates HSC self-renewal and fitness, in part through Rho kinase activity. Spred1 deficiency mitigates HSC failure induced by infection mimetics and prolongs HSC lifespan, but it does not initiate leukemogenesis due to compensatory upregulation of Spred2. In contrast, HFD induces ERK hyperactivation and aberrant self-renewal in Spred1-deficient HSCs, resulting in functional HSC failure, severe anemia, and myeloproliferative neoplasm-like disease. HFD-induced hematopoietic abnormalities are mediated partly through alterations to the gut microbiota. Together, these findings reveal that diet-induced stress disrupts fine-tuning of Spred1-mediated signals to govern HSC homeostasis.

Funding information:
  • Arthritis Research UK - 17522(United Kingdom)

Nutritional Support from the Intestinal Microbiota Improves Hematopoietic Reconstitution after Bone Marrow Transplantation in Mice.

  • Staffas A
  • Cell Host Microbe
  • 2018 Apr 11

Literature context:


Bone marrow transplantation (BMT) offers curative potential for patients with high-risk hematologic malignancies, but the post-transplantation period is characterized by profound immunodeficiency. Recent studies indicate that the intestinal microbiota not only regulates mucosal immunity, but can also contribute to systemic immunity and hematopoiesis. Using antibiotic-mediated microbiota depletion in a syngeneic BMT mouse model, here we describe a role for the intestinal flora in hematopoietic recovery after BMT. Depletion of the intestinal microbiota resulted in impaired recovery of lymphocyte and neutrophil counts, while recovery of the hematopoietic stem and progenitor compartments and the erythroid lineage were largely unaffected. Depletion of the intestinal microbiota also reduced dietary energy uptake and visceral fat stores. Caloric supplementation through sucrose in the drinking water improved post-BMT hematopoietic recovery in mice with a depleted intestinal flora. Taken together, we show that the intestinal microbiota contribute to post-BMT hematopoietic reconstitution in mice through improved dietary energy uptake.

Funding information:
  • NCI NIH HHS - P01 CA023766()
  • NCI NIH HHS - P30 CA008748()
  • NCI NIH HHS - P30 CA016672()
  • NCRR NIH HHS - P30 RR031152(United States)
  • NHLBI NIH HHS - R01 HL069929()
  • NHLBI NIH HHS - R01 HL124112()
  • NIAID NIH HHS - R01 AI080455()
  • NIAID NIH HHS - R01 AI100288()
  • NIAID NIH HHS - R01 AI101406()
  • NIDDK NIH HHS - R01 DK048873()
  • NIDDK NIH HHS - R01 DK056626()
  • NIDDK NIH HHS - R01 DK103046()
  • NIDDK NIH HHS - R29 DK048873()
  • NIDDK NIH HHS - R37 DK048873()

A Phosphosite within the SH2 Domain of Lck Regulates Its Activation by CD45.

  • Courtney AH
  • Mol. Cell
  • 2017 Aug 3

Literature context:


The Src Family kinase Lck sets a critical threshold for T cell activation because it phosphorylates the TCR complex and the Zap70 kinase. How a T cell controls the abundance of active Lck molecules remains poorly understood. We have identified an unappreciated role for a phosphosite, Y192, within the Lck SH2 domain that profoundly affects the amount of active Lck in cells. Notably, mutation of Y192 blocks critical TCR-proximal signaling events and impairs thymocyte development in retrogenic mice. We determined that these defects are caused by hyperphosphorylation of the inhibitory C-terminal tail of Lck. Our findings reveal that modification of Y192 inhibits the ability of CD45 to associate with Lck in cells and dephosphorylate the C-terminal tail of Lck, which prevents its adoption of an active open conformation. These results suggest a negative feedback loop that responds to signaling events that tune active Lck amounts and TCR sensitivity.