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Exp Hematol. 1996 Feb;24(2):116-22.

Aberrant growth of granulocyte-macrophage progenitors in juvenile chronic myelogenous leukemia in serum-free culture.

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Department of Pediatrics, Shinshu University School of Medicine, Matsumoto, Japan.


We investigated the properties of granulocyte-macrophage (GM) progenitors obtained from patients with juvenile chronic myelogenous leukemia (JCML). CD34+ bone marrow cells from a patient with JCML, unlike normal bone marrow cells, generated a large number of cells in serum-containing liquid culture without additional hematopoietic factors. In serum-deprived culture, only granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) had a modest stimulatory effect on GM colony growth in normal controls. In contrast, stem cell factor (SCF), granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF), and interleukin-3 (IL-3), as well as G-CSF, when tested individually, generated significant numbers of GM colonies in some JCML patients. All two-factor combinations generated significantly more GM colonies in JCML compared with normal controls. In particular, GM-CSF plus SCF exerted an interaction equivalent to the all-factor combination in most patients. Significant differences in the size and constituent cells of GM colonies stimulated by GM-CSF plus SCF were also observed. These results suggest that one possible mechanism for the excessive cell production in JCML is the strong proliferation of GM progenitors induced by hematopoietic factors, especially SCF. According to immunofluorescent analysis, however, it is unlikely that this multiplication is due to an increase in the cell surface expression of c-kit receptors on JCML progenitors.

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