Stem cell factor as a single agent induces selective proliferation of the philadelphia chromosome positive fraction of chronic myeloid leukemia CD34+ cells

Sarah Moore, David N. Haylock, Jean Pierre Lévesque, Louise A. McDiarmid, Leanne M. Samels, L. Bik To, Paul J. Simmons, Timothy P. Hughes

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The interaction between p145(c-KIT) and p210(bcr-abl) in transduced cell lines, and the selective outgrowth of normal progenitors during long-term culture of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) cells on stroma deficient in stem- cell factor (SCF) suggests that the response of CML cells to SCF may be abnormal. We examined the proliferative effect of SCF(100 ng/mL), provided as the sole stimulus, on individual CD34+ cells from five normal donors and five chronic-phase CML patients. Forty-eight percent of isolated single CML CD34+ cells proliferated after 6 days of culture to a mean of 18 cells, whereas only 8% of normal CD34+ cells proliferated (mean number of cells generated was 4). SCF, as a single agent, supported the survival and expansion of colony-forming unit-granulocyte-macrophage (CFU-GM) from CML CD34+CD38+ cells and the more primitive CML CD34+CD38-cells. These CFU- GM colonies were all bcr-abl positive, showing the specificity of SCF stimulation for the leukemic cell population. Coculture of CML and normal CD34+ cells showed exclusive growth of Ph+ cells, suggesting that growth in SCF alone is not dependent on secretion of cytokines by CML cells. SCF augmentation of β(τ)-integrin-mediated adhesion of CML CD34+ cells to fibronectin was not increased when compared with the effect on normal CD34+ cells, suggesting that the proliferative and adhesive responses resulting from SCF stimulation are uncoupled. The increased proliferation may contribute to the accumulation of leukemic progenitors, which is a feature of CML.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2461-2470
Number of pages10
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 1 Oct 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology
  • Hematology
  • Cell Biology

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