Src family kinase-mediated negative regulation of hematopoietic stem cell mobilization involves both intrinsic and microenvironmental factors

Jovencio Borneo, Veerendra Munugalavadla, Emily C. Sims, Sasidhar Vemula, Christie M. Orschell, Merv Yoder, Reuben Kapur

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Objective: The intracellular signals that contribute to granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) receptor induced stem cell mobilization are poorly characterized. Methods: We show enhanced G-CSF induced mobilization of stem cells in mice deficient in expression of Src family kinases (SFK-/-), which is associated with hypersensitivity of SFK-/- bone marrow cells to G-CSF as well as sustained activation of signal transducer and activator of transcription-3. Results: A proteome map of the bone marrow fluid derived from wild-type and SFK-/- mice revealed a significant global reduction in the number of proteins in SFK-/- mice compared to controls, which was associated with elevated matrix metalloproteinase-9 levels, reduced stromal-derived factor-1 expression, and enhanced breakdown of vascular cell adhesion molecule-1. Transplantation of wild-type or SFK-/- stem cells into wild-type mice and treatment with G-CSF recapitulated the G-CSF-induced increase in stem cell mobilization noted in SFK-/- nontransplanted mice; however, the increase was significantly less. G-CSF treatment of SFK-/- mice engrafted with wild-type stem cells also demonstrated a modest increase in stem cell mobilization compared to controls, however, the observed increase was greatest in mice completely devoid of SFKs. Conclusions: These data suggest an involvement of both hematopoietic intrinsic and microenvironmental factors in Src kinase-mediated mobilization of stem cells and identify Src kinases as potential targets for modulating stem cell mobilization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1026-1037
Number of pages12
JournalExperimental Hematology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2007


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Hematology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology
  • Cancer Research

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