Differences in the composition and in the efficiency of red cell production of normal and CML erythroid progenitor populations are highlighted by response to human c-kit ligand Academic Article Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Neoplasm Proteins
  • Neoplasms
  • Neovascularization, Pathologic
  • Proteome
  • Proteomics


  • Previous studies have suggested that erythroid progenitors derived from patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) in chronic phase may have reduced proliferative capacity. Considering recent evidence that mast cell growth factor (MGF) enhances the proliferative capacity of normal erythroid burst-forming units (BFU-E), we examined whether MGF could increase the proliferative potential of CML erythroid progenitors to normal capacity. To evaluate the total proliferative capacity achieved, the BFU-E were divided into four subpopulations (XL = extra large, L = large, M = medium, S = small) and colonies were aspirated to determine the cellularity of BFU-E from each subpopulation. MGF alone or in combination with MoT cell line conditioned medium (MoCM) or granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) + interleukin-3 (IL-3) significantly increased the proliferative capacity of erythropoietin (EPO) dependent CML and normal BFU-E. Although the total number of BFU-E generated were similar, the number of BFU-E with high proliferative potential were considerably less in CML BFU-E populations. BFU-E designated XL (129,000-431,000 cells) were only found in MGF cultures and only normal BFU-E had this proliferative capacity. BFU-E designated L were increased in both normal and CML BFU-E populations but less CML BFU-E had this proliferative capacity (mean number 25% of normal) and CML L BFU-E from 2/3 CML patients comprised fewer cells than normal L BFU-E. Normal BFU-E populations comprised 16-24% high proliferative BFU-E (XL + L) in contrast to 4-5% high proliferative BFU-E (L only) comprising CML BFU-E populations.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

publication date

  • January 1993



  • Academic Article


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0145-2126(93)90115-2

PubMed ID

  • 7690436

Additional Document Info

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  • 799

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