The fetal liver counterpart of adult common lymphoid progenitors gives rise to all lymphoid lineages, CD45+CD4+CD3- cells, as well as macrophages

R E Mebius, T Miyamoto, J Christensen, J Domen, T Cupedo, I L Weissman, K Akashi

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We identified an IL-7Ralpha(+)Sca-1(low)c-Kit(low) population in E14 fetal liver, which is the phenotypical analog of common lymphoid progenitors (CLP) in adult bone marrow. After transfer into newborn mice, the IL-7Ralpha(+)Sca-1(low)c-Kit(low) population rapidly differentiated into CD45(+)CD4(+)CD3(-) cells, which are candidate cells for initiating lymph node and Peyer's patch formation. In addition, this population also gave rise to B, T, NK, and CD8alpha(+) and CD8alpha(-) dendritic cells. The fetal liver precursors expressed a significantly lower level of the myeloid-suppressing transcription factor Pax-5, than adult CLP, and retained differentiation activity for macrophages in vitro. We propose that the transition from fetal liver IL-7Ralpha(+)Sca-1(low)c-Kit(low) cells to adult CLP involves a regulated restriction of their developmental potential, controlled, at least in part, by Pax-5 expression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6593-601
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2001

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