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Int J Hematol. 2002 Apr;75(3):269-76.

The soluble Notch ligand, Jagged-1, inhibits proliferation of CD34+ macrophage progenitors.

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  • 1Second Department of Internal Medicine, Mie University School of Medicine, Japan.


The Notch/Notch ligand system controls diverse cellular processes. The proteolytic cleavage generates transmembrane and soluble forms of Notch ligands. We examined the effect of a soluble Notch ligand, human Jagged-1, on human cord blood (CB) CD34+ cells, under serum-deprived conditions, using soluble human Jagged-1-immunoglobulin G1 chimera protein (hJagged-1). Soluble hJagged-1 inhibited myeloid colony formation but not erythroid-mix or erythroid colony formation, in the presence of stem cell factor (SCF), interleukin-3, granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF), G-CSF, thrombopoietin, and erythropoietin. Cytological analysis revealed that the decrease in myeloid colonies resulted mainly from the inhibition of macrophage colony formation. Furthermore, soluble hJagged-1 led to the inhibition of macrophage colony formation supported by M-CSF plus SCF and GM-CSF plus SCF. Delayed-addition experiments and the analysis of colony sizes demonstrated that soluble hJagged-l inhibited the growth of macrophage progenitors by acting in the early stage of macrophage development. The direct action of hJagged-1 was confirmed by the enhanced expression of the HES-1 (hairy enhancer of the split-1) gene. These results suggest that soluble hJagged-1 may regulate human hematopoiesis in the monocyte/macrophage lineage.

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