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Cell Tissue Kinet. 1981 Mar;14(2):143-51.

Genetic control of lipopolysaccharide-induced mobilization of CFUs. Dissociation between early and delayed mobilization of CFUs in complement C5-deficient mice and LPS non-responder mice.


Lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced mobilization of CFUs from haemopoietic tissues into the circulation has a biphasic pattern. The first rise occurs within 30 min of LPS injection, the second 4-7 days later. This second rise coincides with an increase of the CFUs number in the spleen from about 3000 to about 50,000. We have investigated the relationship between the two peaks by making use of complement C5-deficient mouse strains and the LPS non-responder mouse strains C3H/HeJ and C57BL/10ScCr. These latter two strains lack a serologically identifiable structure ('LPS-receptor') which is present in all LPS-responder strains. After injection of eleven different mouse strains with LPS, the numbers of circulating CFUs increased rapidly in all strains, except in the C5-deficient A/J, AKR/J, DBA/2J and B10.D2/oSn mice. On the other hand, the delayed LPS-induced accumulation of CFUs in blood and spleen occurred in all mouse strains tested, including the C5-deficient strains, but not in the LPS non-responder strains C3H/HeJ and C57BL/10ScCr. These results show that (a) early LPS-induced mobilization of CFUs is dependent on the availability of C5, in contrast to the delayed CFUs accumulation in blood and spleen, (b) the presence of the LPS receptor is not required for early CFUs mobilization by LPS and (c) recognition of the mobilizing agent by a specific receptor is required for the delayed accumulation of CFUs in blood and spleen.

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