Progress towards improving homing and engraftment of hematopoietic stem cells for clinical transplantation

Xinxin Huang, Hal E. Broxmeyer

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Purpose of reviewHematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) is a life-saving treatment for a variety of hematological and nonhematological disorders. Successful clinical outcomes after transplantation rely on adequate hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) numbers, and the homing and subsequent short-term and long-term engraftment of these cells in the bone marrow. Enhancing the homing capability of HSCs has the potential for high impact on improving HCT and patient survival.Recent findingsThere are a number of ways to enhance HSC engraftment. Neutralizing negative epigenetic regulation by histone deacetylase 5 (HDAC5) increases surface CXCR4 expression and promotes human HSC homing and engraftment in immune-deficient NSG (NOD.Cg-Prkdcscid IL2rgtm1Wjl/Sz) mice. Short-term treatment of cells with glucocorticoids, pharmacological stabilization of hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1α, increasing membrane lipid raft aggregation, and inhibition of dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP4) facilitates HSC homing and engraftment. Added to these procedures, modulating the mitochondria permeability transition pore (MPTP) to mitigate ambient air-induced extra physiological oxygen stress/shock (EPHOSS) by hypoxic harvest and processing, or using cyclosporine A during air collection increases functional HSC numbers and improves HSC engraftment.SummaryA better understanding of the regulation of human HSC homing mediated by various signaling pathways will facilitate development of more efficient means to enhance HCT efficacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)266-272
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent opinion in hematology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019



  • extra physiological oxygen stress/shock
  • glucocorticoid
  • hematopoietic stem cell
  • histone deacetylase 5
  • homing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology

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