Megakaryocyte (MK) colony growth of bone marrow mononuclear non-adherent cells was evaluated in 28 patients with essential thrombocythaemia (ET) and in 26 normal controls. The number of MK-colony forming units (CFU-MK per 3 x 105 plated cells) was similar in ET (68 ± 33) and in controls (63 ± 37), independently of bone marrow accessory cells. On the contrary, the size of the MK colonies was significantly (P6 IU/d s.c. for 11 ± 3 weeks, was capable of inducing a significant (P9/l). When added in vitro at time 0 to the culture dishes, α-IFN inhibited the CFU-MK growth of both normal and ET bone marrow samples, even at very low concentrations (1 and 10 IU/ml). This study demonstrates that α-IFN, both in vivo and in vitro, exerts an inhibitory effect on the growth of MK progenitors, which appears to correlate with the clinically documented anti-proliferative effect of this cytokine.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||British Journal of Haematology|
|Publication status||Published - 1989|
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