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Immunity. 1999 Sep;11(3):369-78.

PSGL-1-mediated adhesion of human hematopoietic progenitors to P-selectin results in suppression of hematopoiesis.

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  • 1Division of Haematology, Hanson Centre for Cancer Research, Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science, Adelaide, SA, Australia.


Cellular interactions are critical for the regulation of hematopoiesis. The sialomucin PSGL-1/CD162 mediates the attachment of mature leukocytes to P-selectin. We now show that PSGL-1 also functions as the sole receptor for P-selectin on primitive human CD34+ hematopoietic progenitor cells (HPC). More importantly, ligation of PSGL-1 by immobilized or soluble ligand or anti-PSGL-1 antibody results in a profound suppression of HPC proliferation stimulated by potent combinations of early acting hematopoietic growth factors. These data demonstrate an unanticipated but extremely marked growth-inhibitory effect of P-selectin on hematopoiesis and provide direct evidence that PSGL-1, in addition to its well-documented role as an adhesion molecule on mature leukocytes, is a potent negative regulator of human hematopoietic progenitors.

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