Interleukin-3 and Flt3-ligand induce adhesion of Baf3/Flt3 precursor B- lymphoid cells to fibronectin via activation of VLA-4 and VLA-5

Hirohiko Shibayama, Naoyuki Anzai, Alec Ritchie, Shuli Zhang, Charlie Mantel, Hal E. Broxmeyer

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Adhesion of hematopoietic cells to extracellular matrix components is important for blood cell development. However, little is known regarding the potential influence of IL-3 on this process for precursor B cells and Flt3- ligand has not yet been implicated in induction of adhesion of any blood cell types to extracellular matrix components. Therefore, we examined the characteristics of cytokine-induced cell adhesion to fibronectin (FN), using as a model the murine precursor B cell line, Baf3, a factor-dependent cell line requiring IL-3 for both growth and survival. Since factor-dependent hematopoietic cell lines expressing Flt3 receptor are extremely rare, we also studied Baf3/Flt3, a subline of Baf3 transduced with the Flt3 receptor gene. IL-3 induced adhesion of Baf3 and Baf3/Flt3 cells to FN, while Flt3-ligand induced adhesion of Baf3/Flt3 cells only. Whereas both Baf3 and Baf3/Flt3 cells expressed VLA-4 and -5 integrins as FN receptors, expression levels of VLA-4 and -5 were not affected by IL-3 or Flt3-ligand treatment. However, blocking experiments using anti-integrin antibodies showed that cytokine- induced adhesion of cells depended on both VLA-4 and -5 suggesting that IL-3 and Flt3-ligand activated these integrins. PI-3 kinase inhibitor wortmannin, PKC inhibitor H-7, or PKA inhibitor HA1004 did not suppress adhesion induced by IL-3 or Flt3-ligand; in contrast, PLC inhibitor U-73122 did suppress adhesion, suggesting the possibility that PLC, but not PI-3 kinase, PKC, or PKA, may be involved in this process. Since it is known that IL-3 and Flt3- ligand receptors are expressed on precursor B cells, and these receptors are downregulated during B cell maturation of primary cells, the induction of precursor B cell adhesion to FN by IL-3 and Flt3-ligand may contribute a mechanism by which precursor B cells adhere to bone marrow stroma, thereby influencing their development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-33
Number of pages7
JournalCellular Immunology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 10 1998



  • Adhesion
  • Fibronectin
  • Flt3-ligand
  • IL-3, inside-out signaling
  • Precursor B cell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology
  • Immunology

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