Identification of a human B-cell/myeloid common progenitor by the absence of CXCR4

Yong Hao Hou, Edward F. Srour, Heather Ramsey, Richard Dahl, Hal E. Broxmeyer, Robert Hromas

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CXCR4 is a chemokine receptor required for hematopoietic stem cell engraftment and B-cell development. This study found that a small fraction of primitive CD34+/CD19+ B-cell progenitors do not express CXCR4. These CD34+/CD19+/CXCR4- cells were also remarkable for the relative lack of primitive myeloid or lymphoid surface markers. When placed in B-lymphocyte culture conditions these cells matured to express CXCR4 and other surface antigens characteristic of B cells. Surprisingly, when placed in a myeloid culture environment, the CXCR4 - B-cell progenitors could differentiate into granulocyte, macrophage, and erythroid cells at a high frequency. These data define a novel B-cell/myeloid common progenitor (termed the BMP) and imply a less restrictive pathway of myeloid versus lymphoid development than previously postulated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3488-3492
Number of pages5
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology
  • Hematology
  • Cell Biology


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