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Cell Stem Cell. 2009 Jan 9;4(1):27-36. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2008.12.004.

Wnt-related molecules and signaling pathway equilibrium in hematopoiesis.

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Immunobiology and Cancer Program, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, USA.

Abstract

There is near consensus that Wnt family molecules establish important gradients within niches where hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) reside. We review recent papers suggesting that a delicate balance is required between competing Wnt ligands and corresponding signaling pathways to maintain HSC integrity. Some steps in the transitions from HSC to lymphoid progenitor seem to be partially reversible and under the influence of Wnts. In addition, it has been recently suggested that HSC can oscillate between dormant versus active or lineage-biased states. We speculate that Wnts control a reflux process that may sustain stem cell self-renewal and differentiation potential.

PMID:
19128790
PMCID:
PMC2975490
DOI:
10.1016/j.stem.2008.12.004
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