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Blood. 1996 Dec 15;88(12):4534-46.

Differential expression of transforming growth factor-beta, basic fibroblast growth factor, and their receptors in CD34+ hematopoietic progenitor cells from patients with myelofibrosis and myeloid metaplasia.

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  • 1INSERM U268, Hôpital Paul Brousse, Villejuif, France.


Myelofibrosis with myeloid metaplasia (MMM) is a myeloproliferative disorder characterized by clonal expansion of hematopoiesis and marrow fibrosis. Previous results from our group have shown an increased production of two potent fibrogenic factors also involved in the regulation of primitive hematopoietic cells, namely transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-beta1) and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF), in patients with MMM. It is likely to assume that the myeloproliferation characteristic of this disease may result from an abnormal proliferation of CD34+ hematopoietic progenitors. Thus, we were particularly concerned in studying the gene and protein expression of these cytokines and their receptors in CD34+ progenitors purified from the peripheral blood of MMM patients by using semiquantitative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction and immunolabeling methods. Our data showed that the expression of TGF-beta1 is not altered in patients CD34+ cells; in contrast, the expression of TGF-beta type II receptor is significantly decreased in such cells, as compared with CD34+ cells from healthy subjects. Regarding bFGF, the very low expression of the cytokine and its type I and II receptors detected in normal CD34+ cells contrasts with that observed in patients' CD34+ cells, which is significantly higher. Our results might be a clue for a better understanding of the mechanism(s) involved in the dysregulation of hematopoiesis in MMM. Actually, the increased expression of bFGF and its receptors associated with the reduction of the TGF-beta binding receptor in CD34+ progenitors from MMM patients might facilitate the expansion of hematopoietic progenitors, not only by stimulating their growth and/or survival, but also by overcoming negative regulatory signals.

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