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Oncogene. 2006 Jun 1;25(23):3316-24. Epub 2006 Jan 16.

Increased megakaryocytopoiesis in Lyn-deficient mice.

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Puget Sound Blood Center, Seattle, WA, USA.


Previous studies in cell lines have shown Lyn kinase to be a negative regulator of thrombopoietin (TPO)-induced proliferation. To further investigate the role of Lyn during megakaryocytopoiesis, Lyn-deficient mice (lyn(-/-)) were analyzed. We observed that lyn(-/-) mice have more bone marrow-derived GPIIB (CD41) and Mpl(+) cells when compared to their wild-type littermates. In addition, colony-forming unit-megakaryocytes (CFU-MK) are increased and TPO-induced expansion of primary marrow cells yielded a greater number of mature megakaryocytes (MKs) with increased nuclear ploidy. Histopathology of bone marrow and spleens from lyn(-/-) mice showed an increase in the number of MKs. Mechanistic studies revealed that TPO stimulation of MKs from lyn(-/-) mice did not affect phosphorylation of Janus kinase 2 (JAK2), signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) 3, STAT5, or MAP kinase kinase (MEK). Lyn-deficient MKs supported greater TPO-mediated phosphorylation and kinase activity of both Erk1/2 (mitogen-activated protein kinase, MAPK) and Akt. In contrast, there was a reduction of tyrosine phosphorylation of the inositol phosphatase, SHIP. This is the first direct evidence using primary MKs from Lyn-deficient mice that confirms our prior data from cell lines that Lyn kinase is a negative regulator of TPO signaling.

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