Hierarchy of stroma-derived factors in supporting growth of stroma-dependent hemopoietic cells: membrane-bound SCF is sufficient to confer stroma competence to epithelial cells.
ABSTRACT Hemopoiesis takes place in a microenvironment where hemopoietic cells are closely associated with stroma by various interactions. Stroma coregulates the proliferation and differentiation of hemopoietic cells. Stroma-hemopoietic-cell contact can be supported by locally produced membrane associated growth factors. The stroma derived growth factor, stem cell factor (SCF) is important in hemopoiesis. We examined the different biological interactions of membrane bound and soluble SCF with human hemopoietic cells expressing the SCF receptor, c-kit. To analyze the function of the SCF isoforms in inducing the proliferation of hemopoietic TF1 or Cord blood (CB) CD34+ cells we used stroma cell lines that differ in their presentation of no SCF, membrane SCF, or soluble SCF. We established a new coculture system using an epithelial cell line that excludes potential interfering effects with other known stroma encoded hemopoietic growth factors. We show that soluble SCF, in absence of membrane-bound SCF, inhibits long term clonal growth of primary or established CD34+ hemopoietic cells, whereas membrane-inserted SCF "dominantly" induces long term proliferation of these cells. We demonstrate a hierarchy of these SCF isoforms in the interaction of stroma with hemopoietic TF1 cells. Membrane-bound SCF is "dominant" over soluble SCF, whereas soluble SCF acts epistatically in interacting with hemopoietic cells compared with other stroma derived factors present in SCF deficient stroma. A hierarchy of stroma cell lines can be arranged according to their presentation of membrane SCF or soluble SCF. In our model system, membrane-bound SCF expression is sufficient to confer stroma properties to an epithelial cell line but soluble SCF does not.
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ABSTRACT: The transmembrane isoform of stem cell factor (tm-SCF) has been implicated in the adhesion of hemopoietic stem cells to the extracellular matrix within the bone marrow microenvironment in vitro. In addition, in vivo SCF has been shown to play a role in cell mobilization and migration. The aim of this study was to determine if SCF is an integral component of the hemopoietic "niche" of the bone marrow in situ. To analyze the role of tm-SCF in cell lodgment, purified populations of primitive progenitors and hemopoietic stem cells (HSC) were transplanted into a hemopoietic microenvironment devoid of tm-SCF, and the spatial distribution of engrafted cells was analyzed. In addition, populations of HSC were isolated using non-neutralizing and neutralizing antibodies to the SCF receptor c-kit, and their spatial distribution was analyzed post-transplant. The data demonstrated a significant impairment in the lodgment of transplanted cells within the endosteal marrow region in mice lacking tm-SCF, with a reduction of almost 30% by 15 hours post-transplant. The role of tm-SCF was confirmed by analyzing the spatial distribution of HSC isolated using a neutralizing antibody to c-kit. The data demonstrate that although tm-SCF does not appear to play a role in the homing of transplanted cells to the bone marrow, it is critical in the lodgment and detainment of HSC within their hemopoietic "niche."Experimental Hematology 01/2004; 31(12):1284-91. · 2.81 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Maintenance and differentiation of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells are controlled by complex interactions with the stroma microenvironment. Stroma-cell interactions can be supported by locally expressed membrane-spanning cell-surface (cs) growth factors. CSF-1 is expressed by stroma as a soluble glycoprotein, as proteoglycan, or as a membrane-spanning cs glycoprotein. CSF-1 regulates the survival, proliferation, and differentiation of mononuclear phagocytes. Whereas the biological role of soluble CSF-1 is well characterized, the function of the membrane-spanning cell-surface CSF-1 (csCSF-1) remains unclear. To analyze the biological significance of csCSF-1 in vitro, we used an epithelial cell line to ectopically express the different CSF-1 isoforms. In co-cultures of CSF-1 transduced epithelial cells with primary, early hematopoietic progenitor cells we examined whether interaction between csCSF-1 and its receptor mediates cell proliferation, self-renewal, or differentiation. csCSF-1 induces long-lasting proliferation of stimulated cells and furthermore supports self-renewal. Ectopic secretion of soluble CSF-1 does not permit long-term growth of progenitor cells but induces differentiation of monocytes into macrophages. Previously, we showed that the soluble and cs isoforms of stroma-encoded SCF differently affect the development of hematopoietic cells. Cell-surface SCF (csSCF) promotes self-renewal of stimulated cells whereas soluble SCF causes clonal extinction. These results and those presented here for CSF-1 provide evidence for diverse functions of the isoforms of the ligands SCF and CSF-1 for two tyrosine kinase receptors of the subclass III both regulating hematopoiesis on stroma.Journal of Cellular Physiology 08/2005; 204(1):247-59. · 3.87 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Steel factor, the protein product of the Steel locus in the mouse, is a multifunctional signal for the primordial germ cell population. We have shown previously that its expression accompanies the germ cells during migration to the gonads, forming a "travelling niche" that controls their survival, motility, and proliferation. Here we show that these functions are distributed between the alternatively spliced membrane-bound and soluble forms of Steel factor. The germ cells normally migrate as individuals from E7.5 to E11.5, when they aggregate together in the embryonic gonads. Movie analysis of Steel-dickie mutant embryos, which make only the soluble form, at E7.5, showed that the germ cells fail to migrate normally, and undergo "premature aggregation" in the base of the allantois. Survival and directionality of movement is not affected. Addition of excess soluble Steel factor to Steel-dickie embryos rescued germ cell motility, and addition of Steel factor to germ cells in vitro showed that a fourfold higher dose was required to increase motility, compared to survival. These data show that soluble Steel factor is sufficient for germ cell survival, and suggest that the membrane-bound form provides a higher local concentration of Steel factor that controls the balance between germ cell motility and aggregation. This hypothesis was tested by addition of excess soluble Steel factor to slice cultures of E11.5 embryos, when migration usually ceases, and the germ cells aggregate. This reversed the aggregation process, and caused increased motility of the germ cells. We conclude that the two forms of Steel factor control different aspects of germ cell behavior, and that membrane-bound Steel factor controls germ cell motility within a "motility niche" that moves through the embryo with the germ cells. Escape from this niche causes cessation of motility and death by apoptosis of the ectopic germ cells.PLoS ONE 10/2011; 6(10):e25984. · 3.53 Impact Factor