The receptor-type tyrosine kinase, c-kit is expressed in hematopoietic stem cells (HSC), myeloid, and lymphoid precursors. In c-kit ligand-deficient mice, absolute numbers of HSC are mildly reduced suggesting that c-kit is not essential for HSC development. However, c-kit- HSC cannot form spleen colonies or reconstitute hematopoietic functions in lethally irradiated recipient mice. Based on in in vitro experiments, a critical role of c-kit in B-cell development was suggested. Here we have investigated the B-cell development of c-kit-null mutant (W/W) mice in vivo. Furthermore, day 13 fetal liver cells from wild type or W/W mice were transferred into immunodeficient RAG-2(-/-) mice. Surprisingly, transferred c-kit cells gave rise to all stages of immature B cells in the bone marrow and subsequently to mature conventional B2, as well as B1, type B cells in the recipients to the same extent as transferred wild type cells. Hence, in contrast to important roles of c-kit in the expansion of HSC and the generation of erythroid and myeloid lineages and T-cell precursors, c-kit HSC can colonize the recipient bone marrow and differentiate into B cells in the absence of c-kit.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - Jan 15 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cell Biology