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Blood. 2000 Jun 1;95(11):3289-96.

The chemokine SDF-1 activates the integrins LFA-1, VLA-4, and VLA-5 on immature human CD34(+) cells: role in transendothelial/stromal migration and engraftment of NOD/SCID mice.

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  • 1Departments of Immunology and Molecular Cell Biology, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.


Hematopoietic stem cell homing and engraftment require several adhesion interactions, which are not fully understood. Engraftment of nonobese/severe combined immunodeficiency (NOD/SCID) mice by human stem cells is dependent on the major integrins very late activation antigen-4 (VLA-4); VLA-5; and to a lesser degree, lymphocyte function associated antigen-1 (LFA-1). Treatment of human CD34(+) cells with antibodies to either VLA-4 or VLA-5 prevented engraftment, and treatment with anti-LFA-1 antibodies significantly reduced the levels of engraftment. Activation of CD34(+) cells, which bear the chemokine receptor CXCR4, with stromal derived factor 1 (SDF-1) led to firm adhesion and transendothelial migration, which was dependent on LFA-1/ICAM-1 (intracellular adhesion molecule-1) and VLA-4/VCAM-1 (vascular adhesion molecule-1). Furthermore, SDF-1-induced polarization and extravasation of CD34(+)/CXCR4(+) cells through the extracellular matrix underlining the endothelium was dependent on both VLA-4 and VLA-5. Our results demonstrate that repopulating human stem cells functionally express LFA-1, VLA-4, and VLA-5. Furthermore, this study implies a novel approach to further advance clinical transplantation.

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