Identification of distinct elements of the stromal microenvironment that control human hematopoietic stem/progenitor cell growth and differentiation

A. Aiuti, C. Friedrich, C. A. Sieff, J. C. Gutierrez-Ramos

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Using a novel collection of conditionally immortalized mouse stromal cell clones, we evaluated the role of distinct elements of the hematopoietic microenvironment in supporting and regulating the growth, division, and differentiation of a candidate human stem cell population (CD34+CD38). We found functional diversity in the capacity of different stromal cell clones to support the growth of primitive (CD34+/CD38-) and committed (CD34+/CD38+) hematopoietic progenitors and their differentiation into mature hematopoietic cells (CD34+/(CD45+). Among the stromal cell clones that supported long-term hematopoiesis, we identified two clones that induced expansion of CD34+ progenitor/stem cells during the first 4 weeks of coculture and that supported the maintenance of this CD34+ population for up to 10 weeks in vitro. However, these two clones appeared to represent two different microenvironments with regard to the signals they provide to the different CD34+ progenitor subpopulations: One stromal clone preserved a pool of undifferentiated, relatively quiescent (CD34+/CD38-) progenitor cells, allowing their differentiation at a low rate into more committed (CD34+/CD38+) progenitors; the other fostered a more extensive and rapid differentiation of all CD34+/CD38+ progenitors into CD34+/CD38+ cells, preferentially maintaining this committed population at a higher rate of cell division. These stromal cell clones were also able to support the proliferation and differentiation of CD34+/CD38- cells in conditions in which progenitor-stroma contact was prevented. This collection of stromal cell clones may represent a unique tool for the study of stromal regulators of hematopoiesis as well as for the support of gene transfer into hematopoietic progenitor cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-157
Number of pages15
JournalExperimental Hematology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • CD34 cell
  • Cell growth
  • Differentiation
  • Hematopoiesis
  • Stromal cell clone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Transplantation


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