In vivo effects of recombinant interleukin-11 on myelopoiesis in mice

G. Hangoc, T. Yin, S. Cooper, P. Schendel, Chung Yang Yu Chung Yang, H. E. Broxmeyer

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Purified recombinant human interleukin-11 (rhuIL-11) was assessed for its in vivo effects on the proliferation and differentiation of hematopoietic progenitors as well as its capacity to accelerate the recovery of a drug-suppressed hematopoietic system. Dosage and time sequence studies demonstrated that administration of IL-11 to normal mice resulted in increases in absolute numbers of femoral marrow and splenic myeloid (granulocyte-macrophage colony-forming unit [CFU-GM], burst-forming unit-erythroid [BFU-E], CFU-granulocyte, erythroid, macrophage, megakaryocyte) progenitor cells and in stimulation of these progenitors to a higher cell cycling rate. This was associated with increased numbers of circulating neutrophils. Administration of IL-11 to mice pretreated with cyclophosphamide decreased the time required to regain normal levels of neutrophil and platelet counts in peripheral blood. In addition, IL-11 accelerated reconstitution to normal range of myeloid progenitors from bone marrow and spleen of myelosuppressed mice. These data suggest that IL-11 may play an important role in the regulation of hematopoiesis, and the application of this novel cytokine may have clinical therapeutic benefits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)965-972
Number of pages8
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology
  • Hematology
  • Cell Biology

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