Chow A, Lucas D, Hidalgo A, Méndez-Ferrer S, Hashimoto D, Scheiermann C, Battista M, Leboeuf M, Prophete C, van Rooijen N, Tanaka M, Merad M, Frenette PS. Bone marrow CD169+ macrophages promote the retention of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells in the mesenchymal stem cell niche. J Exp Med. 2011 Feb 14;208(2):261–71.
[toggle_content title=”Abstract”]Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) reside in specialized bone marrow (BM) niches regulated by the sympathetic nervous system (SNS). Here, we have examined whether mononuclear phagocytes modulate the HSC niche. We defined three populations of BM mononuclear phagocytes that include Gr-1hi
monocytes (MOs), Gr-1lo
MOs, and macrophages (MΦ
) based on differential expression of Gr-1, CD115, F4/80, and CD169. Using MO and MΦ
conditional depletion models, we found that reductions in BM mononuclear phagocytes led to reduced BM CXCL12 levels, the selective down-regulation of HSC retention genes in Nestin+ niche cells, and egress of HSCs/progenitors to the bloodstream. Furthermore, specific depletion of CD169+ MΦ
, which spares BM MOs, was sufficient to induce HSC/progenitor egress. MΦ
depletion also enhanced mobilization induced by a CXCR4 antagonist or granulocyte colony-stimulating factor. These results highlight two antagonistic, tightly balanced pathways that regulate maintenance of HSCs/progenitors in the niche during homeostasis, in which MΦ
cross talk with the Nestin+ niche cell promotes retention, and in contrast, SNS signals enhance egress. Thus, strategies that target BM MΦ
hold the potential to augment stem cell yields in patients that mobilize HSCs/progenitors poorly.[/toggle_content]
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|C57BL/6 mice2, 8-12 w
||GR-1hi/Gr-1lo monocytes, GR-1-F4/80+CD169+ macrophages
- Liposome prep method cited — van Rooijen N, Sanders A. Liposome mediated depletion of macrophages: mechanism of action, preparation of liposomes and applications. Journal of Immunological Methods. 1994 Sep 14;174(1–2):83–93.
- Animals were dosed with clodronate (or control) liposomes at 1 d (14 h), 7 d, 10 d, 16 d, or 28 d before harvest.
- 14 h post-injection of clodronate liposomes, BM MΦ (GR-1-F4/80+CD169+) were reduced by 84%; GR-1hi by 88% and GR-1lo by 74%; total BM cells were depleted by 24%.
- Concurrently, circulating HSC increased by 12.9X.
- These MΦ remained >90% depleted 7 d post-injection, had recovered to 58% by 16 d and were fully repopulated by 28 d.
- GR-1+ monocytes began to return at 7 d post-injection and did not affect HSC mobilization.
- HSC mobilization remained elevated at least until 16 d post-injection further supporting the role of MΦ, but not monocytes, in the process.
- MΦ depletion also elicited HSC mobilization, albeit at a lower level, in sympathectomized animals.