Journal article

Synergistic effects on erythropoiesis, thrombopoiesis, and stem cell competitiveness in mice deficient in thrombopoietin and steel factor receptors

J Antonchuk, CD Hyland, DJ Hilton, WS Alexander

BLOOD | AMER SOC HEMATOLOGY | Published : 2004

Abstract

The degree of redundancy between thrombopoietin (Tpo) and steel factor (SF) cytokine pathways in the regulation of hematopoiesis was investigated by generating mice lacking both c-Mpl and fully functional c-Kit receptors. Double-mutant c-Mpl(-/-)Kit(Wv/Wv) mice exhibited reduced viability, making up only 2% of the offspring from c-Mpl(-/-)Kit(Wv/)(+) intercrosses. The thrombocytopenia and megakaryocytopenia characteristic of c-Mpl(-/-) mice was unchanged in c-Mpl(-/-)Kit(Wv/Wv) mice. However, the number of megakaryocytic colony forming units (CFU-Mks) was significantly reduced, particularly in the spleen. While Kit(Wv/Wv) mice, but not c-Mpl(-/-) mice, are anemic, the anemia was more severe ..

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