Administration of Flk2/Flt3 ligand induces expansion of human high- proliferative potential colony-forming cells in the SCID-hu mouse

Reiko Namikawa, Marcus O. Muench, Meri T. Firpo, Laurent Humeau, Yuming Xu, Satish Menon, Maria Grazia Roncarolo

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The effects of Flk2/Flt3 ligand (FL) administration on human hematopoiesis were investigated using SCID-hu mice transplanted with human fetal bone fragments. Treatment with recombinant human FL induced significant increases in the frequencies of the high-proliferative potential colony- forming cells and low-proliferative potential colony-forming cells in steady- state human bone marrow. FL also promoted the expansion of high-proliferative potential colony-forming cells and low-proliferative potential colony- forming cells in the human bone marrow during the recovery phase after irradiation, which was evident in increases in the frequencies as well as in the absolute numbers of colony-forming cells. Furthermore, higher percentages of CD33+CD15- cells were found in the marrows treated with FL as compared to that of controls, indicating that FL hastened the recovery of at least some aspect of myelopoiesis after irradiation. These results indicate that FL induces the expansion of primitive hematopoietic progenitor cells in vivo and, therefore, may be useful in treating patients to promote an early hematopoietic recovery after cytoablative therapies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1029-1037
Number of pages9
JournalExperimental Hematology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1999
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
We are grateful for the excellent technical assistance of Nicole Carballido-Perrig, Svetlana Antonenko, and the DNAX animal and FACS facilities. We also thank Dr. Jan E. de Vries for his support and encouragement throughout the project. DNAX Research Institute is supported by Schering-Plough Corporation.


  • Flk2/Flt3 ligand
  • Hematopoietic progenitor cells
  • Irradiation
  • SCID-hu mouse


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