Human short-term repopulating cells have enhanced telomerase reverse transcriptase expression.

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Telomerase activity has been suggested to be critically involved in hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) self-renewal. However, it has been unclear whether human HSCs have telomerase activity and how telomerase activity is regulated within the HSC and progenitor pool. Here, we isolated living cord-blood (CB) CD34+ cells with up-regulated human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) expression by using an hTERT-reporting adenoviral vector encoding destabilized green fluorescent protein (dGFP) driven by the hTERT promoter, and functionally characterized them in comparison with control vector–transduced CD34+ cells expressing GFP. Following a 2-day serum-free transduction protocol, cells were sorted into a dGFP+ and a GFP+ fraction. Cell-cycle analysis revealed that the dGFP+ cells had a greater proportion of cells in S/G2/M phase compared with the GFP+ cells, (56% ± 1.8% vs 35% ± 4.3%; P < .001) and fewer cells in G0 phase (8.1% ± 3.0% vs 20% ± 4.7%; P < .01) However, the colony-forming and short-term nonobese diabetic/severe combined immunodeficient (NOD/SCID) B2m–/– mice bone marrow–repopulating capacities were similar between the dGFP+ and the GFP+ cells. Interestingly, the dGFP+ cells had a 6-fold lower repopulating capacity in NOD/SCID mice compared with the GFP+ cells and lacked secondary NOD/SCID B2m–/– mice bone marrow–repopulating capacity. Thus, up-regulation of hTERT expression within the CB HSC pool is accompanied by decreased self-renewal capacity.


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  • Hematologi
Sidor (från-till)1084-1091
StatusPublished - 2006
Peer review utfördJa

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