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Nat Cell Biol. 2003 Jul;5(7):640-6.

Muscle stem cells differentiate into haematopoietic lineages but retain myogenic potential.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry, Children's Hospital and University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA.


Muscle-derived stem cells (MDSCs) can differentiate into multiple lineages, including haematopoietic lineages. However, it is unknown whether MDSCs preserve their myogenic potential after differentiation into other lineages. To address this issue, we isolated from dystrophic muscle a population of MDSCs that express stem-cell markers and can differentiate into various lineages. After systemic delivery of three MDSC clones into lethally irradiated mice, we found that differentiation of the donor cells into various lineages of the haematopoietic system resulted in repopulation of the recipients' bone marrow. Donor-derived bone-marrow cells, isolated from these recipients by fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS), also repopulated the bone marrow of secondary, lethally irradiated, recipients and differentiated into myogenic cells both in vitro and in vivo in normal mdx mice. These findings demonstrate that MDSC clones retain their myogenic potential after haematopoietic differentiation.

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