Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Science. 1995 Jan 6;267(5194):104-8.

Functional isolation and characterization of human hematopoietic stem cells.

Author information

  • 1Division of Hematology/Oncology, Deaconess Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02215.


Hematopoietic cells differentiate in steps marked by the acquisition or loss of specific phenotypic characteristics. Human bone marrow cells that were responsive to the early-acting cytokines Kit ligand and interleukin-3 were forced to a metabolic death. The subfraction remaining represented 1 in 10(5) bone marrow mononuclear cells, were determined to be quiescent by cell cycle analysis, and had a stem cell immunophenotype. The cells were highly enriched for long-term culture-initiating cells, were capable of secondary colony formation, and produced both myeloid and lymphoid progeny. Thus, this technically simple strategy led to the efficient purification of cells with characteristics of hematopoietic stem cells.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for HighWire
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk