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Exp Hematol. 2002 Aug;30(8):862-9.

Liver and marrow of adult mdr-1a/1b(-/-) mice show normal generation, function, and multi-tissue trafficking of primitive hematopoietic cells.

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  • 1Terry Fox Laboratory, British Columbia Cancer Agency and Department of Medical Genetics, Medicine and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Several lines of evidence suggest that expression of two ABC transporters (Abcg2/Bcrp1 and mdr-1a/b) and the related abilities to efflux Hoechst 33342 (Hst) and Rhodamine-123 (Rho) are features of primitive hematopoietic cells in adult bone marrow. Here we sought to determine the phenotypic and hematopoietic properties of the Hst-effluxing "side" population (SP) cells present in the liver of adult normal mice and whether these might be altered in mdr-1a/1b(-)(/-) mice.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Single-cell suspensions of liver (and sometimes bone marrow) were stained with Hst, separated into SP and non-SP fractions, and analyzed for hematopoietic cell-surface marker expression and functional activity in standard in vitro and in vivo (transplantation) assays.

RESULTS:

SP cells constituted approximately 1-2% of adult liver cell suspensions and were phenotypically and functionally heterogeneous, even within the approximately 20-25% that expressed CD45. The latter included some lineage marker-positive (lin(+)) cells, less than 15% of all in vitro hematopoietic colony-forming cells in the adult liver and more than 90% of cells identified as long-term culture-initiating cells or in vivo repopulating cells. Interestingly, primary mice reconstituted for greater than or equal to 1 year with adult liver SP cells contained derivative primitive hematopoietic cells in their livers. No differences were seen between +/+ and mdr-1a/1b(-)(/-) mice except for a loss of Rho efflux ability by lin(-)mdr-1a/1b(-)(/-) SP cells.

CONCLUSION:

Adult murine liver contains a spectrum of hematopoietic cells that are phenotypically and functionally similar to those in the marrow and their generation and properties appear unaffected by a lack of mdr-1a/1b.

PMID:
12160837
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