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Am J Blood Res. 2012; 2(1): 44–56.
Published online Jan 1, 2012.
PMCID: PMC3301440
Platelet-derived growth factors and their receptors in normal and malignant hematopoiesis
Jean-Baptiste Demoulin and Carmen P. Montano-Almendras
Université catholique de Louvain, De Duve Institute, Brussels, Belgium
Address correspondence to: Dr. Jean-Baptiste Demoulin, de Duve Institute, Université catholique de Louvain, MEXP, box B1.74.05, avenue Hippocrate 75, BE-1200 Brussels, Belgium Tel: +32 2 764 6529; Fax: +32 2 764 7430; E-mail: jb.demoulin/at/uclouvain.be
Received October 27, 2011; Accepted November 15, 2011.
Platelet-derived growth factors (PDGF) bind to two closely related receptor tyrosine kinases, PDGF receptor α and β, which are encoded by the PDGFRA and PDGFRB genes. Aberrant activation of PDGF receptors occurs in myeloid malignancies associated with hypereosinophilia, due to chromosomal alterations that produce fusion genes, such as ETV6-PDGFRB or FIP1L1-PDGFRA. Most patients are males and respond to low dose imatinib, which is particularly effective against PDGF receptor kinase activity. Recently, activating point mutations in PDGFRA were also described in hypereosinophilia. In addition, autocrine loops have been identified in large granular lymphocyte leukemia and HTLV-transformed lymphocytes, suggesting new possible indications for tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy. Although PDGF was initially purified from platelets more than 30 years ago, its physiological role in the hematopoietic system remains unclear. Hematopoietic defects in PDGF-deficient mice have been reported but appear to be secondary to cardiovascular and placental abnormalities. Nevertheless, PDGF acts directly on several hematopoietic cell types in vitro, such as megakaryocytes, platelets, activated macrophages and, possibly, certain lymphocyte subsets and eosinophils. The relevance of these observations for normal human hematopoiesis remains to be established.
Keywords: Receptor tyrosine kinase, hypereosinophilia, signal transduction, imatinib, myeloproliferative disorders, myeloid neoplasms, chronic eosinophilic leukemia, hypereosinophilic syndrome
Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) was purified from platelet extracts and characterized as a mitogen for fibroblasts and cells of mesenchymal origin in the late seventies. In humans, several dimeric isoforms are produced from four different genes, namely PDGF-A, -B and, more recently, -C and -D. Like fibroblast growth factors, PDGF was shown to stimulate wound healing, leading the first therapeutic application, becaplermin (Regranex ®), a gel containing recombinant PDGF-B, which accelerates ulcer repair. However, knock-out mice studies revealed that the most essential functions of the different PDGF isoforms are associated with the embryo development. Indeed, disruption of any single PDGF ligand or receptor gene is lethal, except PDGFD, whose importance for mouse development has not been reported yet. Mice deficient in PDGF receptors suffer from severe defects in lungs, kidneys, vessels, placenta, brain and skeleton (for a review, see [1]).
The PDGF receptors belong to the receptor-tyrosine kinase family, more precisely to the type III group, which also includes c-KIT, FLT3 and the macrophage-colony-stimulating factor receptor [2]. Two highly homologous receptor genes have been cloned: PDGFRA and PDGFRB, which encode the PDGF receptors α and β, respectively. PDGFRα binds to all ligands but PDGF-D, while PDGFRβ binds to PDGF-B and -D only. The first genetic alteration of these receptors was reported in hematopoietic malignancies in 1994 by Todd Golub and Gary Gilliland in patients with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia, as a result of a t (5;12) translocation, leading to the fusion of TEL (now renamed ETV6) with PDGFRB [3]. Many other mutations have been described, mostly in myeloproliferative disorders and solid tumors, such as gastrointestinal stromal tumors and gliomas (for a review, see [4]). The discovery that imatinib, a molecule approved for the treatment of BCR-ABL-positive chronic myelogenous leukemia, also blocks PDGF receptors at an even lower concentration was a major breakthrough. Indeed, patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms harboring a PDGF receptor fusion respond well to low dose imatinib, even though rare resistant mutations have been described [5,6]. While the role of PDGF receptors in myeloid neoplasms is well established, their physiological roles in hematopoiesis are still unclear.
The two PDGF receptors share a common domain organization consisting of five extracellular immunoglobulin-like domains, a single-spanning transmembrane domain and an intracellular split kinase domain, which is divided in two lobes connected by a flexible polypeptide linker, the kinase insert (Figure 1). In the absence of ligand, three regions keep the kinase domain in an inactive conformation: the intracellular juxtamembrane domain, the activation loop of the kinase domain and the C-terminal tail [7,8]. The activation loop in particular bars the way to the active site.
Figure 1
Figure 1
PDGF receptors and signaling. PDGFR domains are named in gray on the right. Arrows depict protein interaction and/or phosphorylation. Phosphorylation of tyrosines is represented by a orange disk, while phosphorylated serines and threonines are represented (more ...)
As PDGF is a dimeric ligand, it forms a complex with two PDGF receptor molecules. More precisely, PDGF interacts with the first three Ig-like domains. PDGF binding thus induces receptor dimerization, which is facilitated by the fourth Ig-like domain. Recent data suggest that the receptor also undergoes conformational changes upon ligand binding [9]. This process brings two kinase domains close to each other and stabilizes the active conformation, leading to the transphosphorylation of critical regulatory tyrosine residues in the activation loop of the catalytic core and in the juxtamembrane domain [7,10]. The fully active phosphorylated kinase domains then phosphorylate multiple tyrosine residues of the receptor cytoplasmic part, which act as docking sites for Src homology 2 (SH2) domains of a variety of signal transduction proteins, including signal transducers and activators of transcription (STAT), phospholipase Cγ (PLCγ), phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K), SRC family kinases and the SHP2 phosphatase (Figure 1). Adaptor molecules containing SH2 domains, such as Grb2, Shc, Crk and Nck, are also recruited to the receptor complex and control the activation of mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinases (Figure 1) [11-14]. These pathways lead to the regulation of a number of transcription factors that regulate cell growth and survival, such as c-MYC, AP1, FOXO or SREBP [15-18].
PDGF receptors also interact with the PDZ domain of NHERF (also named EBP50), an adaptor protein that recruits PTEN to the receptor complex [19,20]. PTEN counteracts the effects of PI3K by dephosphorylating phosphoinositides.
PDGF receptors are quickly degraded after activation by a mechanism that involves ligand-induced endocytosis and degradation in lysosomes. This process requires the ubiquitination of the receptor by c-CBL, an E3 ubiquitin ligase [21,22]. CBL may be recruited either directly or via an adaptor protein to the PDGFRβ complex [22-24]. Interestingly, mutations that disrupt the catalytic activity of CBL were found in various malignancies including myeloid neoplasms.
As mentioned above, PDGF receptors are crucial for the proper development of several organs in the embryo, including kidneys, lungs and the cardiovascular system [1,25]. The role of PDGF ligands and their receptors in hematopoiesis is much less clear. PDGF receptors are expressed in bone marrow but not in blood leukocytes. Knock-out mice for PDGF-B or PDGFRβ show anemia and thrombocytopenia, but these seem to be secondary to other organ defects, because normal hematopoiesis in wild-type irradiated mice can be reconstituted by grafting PDGF-Bor PDGFRβ-deficient hematopoietic cells [26]. This does not exclude a role for other PDGF ligands or PDGFRα. However, data from patients treated for a long period of time with tyrosine kinase inhibitors that block PDGFR activity, such as imatinib, also argue against an essential role of these receptors in normal adult hematopoiesis. Nevertheless, a number of reports suggest that PDGF receptors may modulate hematopoietic cell functions and that PDGF ligands produced by hematopoietic cells contribute to several physiological and pathological processes outside the hematopoietic compartment.
PDGF is produced by a variety of cell types including endothelial cells, fibroblasts, vascular smooth muscle cells, osteoblasts, glia and neurons [27]. In the hematopoietic system, PDGF (mostly heterodimeric PDGF-AB) is synthesized by megakaryocytes and stored in the alpha granules of platelets [27], from which it is released after cell activation. The release of PDGF by these cells and the activity of this growth factor on connective tissue cells suggested an implication in wound healing. Exogenous PDGF-B was shown to stimulate wound repair and a gel containing recombinant PDGF-B has been commercialized for the treatment of diabetic ulcers (Regranex®). PDGF also contributes to angiogenesis by stimulating the recruitment of pericytes to new vessels [28,29]. However, PDGF-B is not essential for the formation of granulation tissue during the wound healing process in mice [30]. In humans, the long term administration of imatinib has no reported impact on healing. PDGF is likely to stimulate wound repair in a redundant manner with other growth factors.
Megakaryocytes, megakaryocyte cell lines and platelets not only make PDGF ligands but also express PDGF receptors [27,31,32]. Secretion of PDGF by platelets, which express PDGFRα, triggers a negative feedback loop, which decreases platelet aggregation in an autocrine manner [33]. In addition, PDGF was shown to enhance the expansion of megakaryocyte progenitors from human CD34+ cells, which could help restoring platelet levels after aggregation [34]. In this respect, administration of PDGF-B enhances platelet recovery after irradiation-induced thrombocythemia in mice [32]. Proliferation of other CD34+ progenitors was also modestly induced by the addition of PDGF [35-37]. A transient PDGFRβ expression was reported in these cells by PCR [35]. However, we have failed confirm any mRNA or protein expression of PDGF receptors in CD34+ progenitor cell cultures (Montano-Almendras et al, unpublished observations). It was suggested that PDGF may act in an indirect manner through adherent mesenchymal cells or macrophages contaminating the culture [37,38]. Accordingly, it was demonstrated that the stimulation of erythropoiesis by PDGF in vitro requires the presence of stromal cells [39]. Alternatively, PDGF stimulates marrow macrophages to release interleukin- 1, which could explain some reported effects of PDGF on hematopoietic progenitors [37].
PDGF in myelofibrosis
The role of PDGF in fibrosis of several organs, such as lung, kidneys and liver is well established [1], raising the interesting possibility that PDGF may also be involved in myelofibrosis. Indeed, PDGF-B expression is increased in the bone marrow of patients with myelofibrosis [31]. PDGFRα mRNA expression was also found increased in the same samples, particularly in megakaryocytes [31]. These cells may be the source of PDGF and other growth factors that could drive fibrosis in bone marrow. However, clinical trials with imatinib in myelofibrosis did not generate convincing results and researchers are focusing on other therapeutic targets [40,41].
Macrophages can also produce PDGF [27,42]. This process has been particularly studied in the context of atherosclerosis, in which secreted PDGF-A and -B stimulate migration and proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells in vessel walls. Accordingly, PDGF receptor inhibition delays the atherosclerosis in Apo-E deficient mice [43]. Like wound healing, it is likely that atherosclerosis involves several growth factors which act in a partially redundant manner. Macrophages may also constitute an important source of PDGF in tumor stroma, leading to a paracrine stimulation of tumor cells, stromal fibroblasts and pericytes [44]. Macrophages not only produce PDGF ligands but also express PDGFRβ and proliferate in response to PDGF-BB stimulation [45]. PDGF receptors are not expressed on peripheral blood monocytes but PDGFRβ is induced upon differentiation into macrophages in vitro.
In addition to macrophages and platelets, PDGF -BB can be secreted by HTLV-transfromed lymphocytes (see below) and by regulatory T lymphocytes (or “Tregs”), contributing to silica-induced lung fibrosis [46].
A few reports suggest that PDGF may affect lymphocyte functions. PDGF was reported to inhibit the in vitro lytic activity of human NK cells, which express PDGF receptors [47]. By contrast, PDGF does not interfere with cytotoxic T lymphocyte activity. An effect of PDGF on mouse T lymphocyte function has also been reported [48], but PDGF receptor expression was not confirmed on these cells. The relevance of these observations is not clear.
Finally PDGFRβ expression was found in 4 out of 8 patients with mild to moderate eosinophilia, while PDGFRα expression was less frequent [49]. Whether PDGF plays a role in eosinophil physiology has not been determined. This issue is of particular interest since mutated PDGF receptors are responsible for a fraction of clonal hypereosinophilia cases (see below).
The concomitant expression of PDGF ligands and receptors in the same cell can contribute to cancer progression by creating an autocrine loop (Figure 2). This was first demonstrated by showing that the sequence of the v-SIS simian sarcoma virus oncogene is almost identical to PDGF-B [50]. In dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans, a translocation that places the PDGF-B-encoding sequence in front of the collagen gene promoter leads to massive PDGF-B production and constitutive growth stimulation via the endogenous PDGFRβ receptor [51]. This skin tumor is now treated by imatinib as a complement to surgery.
Figure 2
Figure 2
Activation of PDGF receptors in hematological malignancies and cancer.
HTLV-transformed T cells express PDGFRβ and produce significant amounts of PDGF, which can also be found in the plasma of HTLV-infected individuals [52-54]. This was ascribed to the transactivation of the PDGF-B gene by the HTLV protein Tax [55]. However, this autocrine loop may be redundant with many other growth factors secreted by HTLV-infected cells. In one cell line, integration of the HTLV-1 provirus within the PDGFRB gene generated a fusion transcript encoding a PDGFRβ variant, which lacks the extracellular and transmembrane domains and is able to transform fibroblasts [56].
A similar autocrine loop may be responsible for large granular lymphocyte leukemia, in which aberrant expression of PDGF-B and PDGFRβ was described recently [53]. Patients with this relatively indolent leukemia have high circulating levels of PDGF-B. In this case, the genetic alterations leading to over-expression has not been identified. Constitutive PDGF receptor signaling in large granular lymphocyte leukemia cells, which are derived from T or NK lymphocytes, promotes cell survival by activating the PI3K-AKT pathway [53].
Various rare chromosomal rearrangements of PDGFRA and PDGFRB have been associated with myeloproliferative neoplasms, chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML), atypical chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) and chronic eosinophilic leukemia (CEL) [2,57]. These patients share a number of key features: most of them are males, show hypereosinophilia, which can provoke severe tissue damage, and often evolve towards acute leukemia. Long-term remission can be induced by low dose imatinib therapy [5,58,59]. Resistance to the drug is infrequent but has been reported as a result of mutations, such as the T674I in FIP1L1-PDGFRA [6,58,60]. Patients with eosinophilia in the absence of PDGF receptor alteration do not usually respond to imatinib therapy [61]. Patients with PDGFR rearrangements are now grouped in a single clinical entity of the WHO classification: myeloid neoplasms associated with eosinophilia and PDGFRA or PDGFRB rearrangement [61]. In addition, a few atypical patients have been described, including one case of thrombocythemia associated with a KANK1-PDGFRB fusion [62].
The cause of PDGFR locus alteration has not been studied specifically, but non-homologous DNA end repair after chromosome injury is likely to contribute to the process. In addition, genes frequently involved in fusions tend to cluster within chromosome fragile sites [63,64]. These relatively large regions scattered in the human genome include PDGFRA and FIP1L1 [64]. Breakpoints in PDGFRB, like in most other fusion genes, usually occur in very large introns, suggesting that the exact DNA breakpoints are randomly distributed within the fragile sites [65]. By contrast, PDGFRA breakpoints are always located in exon 12, which encodes the juxtamembrane domain, the disruption of which activates the fusion protein.
In the fusion oncogene, the partner gene always replaces the 5’ end of PDGFRA or PDGFRB. As a consequence, the expression of the oncogenic fusion product is controlled by the gene promoter of the partner gene. Thus PDGFR fusion proteins can be over-expressed in cells that do not normally express wild-type PDGF receptors. This is an important consequence of the gene fusion process, in addition to creating a constitutively activated oncogene. As a result, high PDGFRA and PDGFRA expression in blood cells can be monitored as a clue of gene rearrangement [66].
The tyrosine kinase activity of the fusion product can be switched on by two different mechanisms (Figure 2 and and3).3). The first involves the oligomerization of the hybrid protein and is usually found in PDGFRB fusions. The other relies on the deletion of the juxtamembrane inhibitory domain, and is found in all PDGFRA fusions as well as in a minor subset of PDGFRB translocation products.
Figure 3
Figure 3
Structure of PDGF receptor fusions and signaling. PDGFR domains are indicated in gray on the right. Arrows depict protein interaction and/or phosphorylation. Phosphorylation of tyrosines is represented by orange disks, while phosphorylated serines and (more ...)
PDGFR fusion products that have been studied are located in the cytosol. This may explain that although they are constitutively activated, they escape the normal ubiquitination and degradation route to the lysosome, enhancing their transformation potential [67].
PDGFRB translocation products
The archetype PDGFRB translocation product is ETV6-PDGFRB (also named TEL-PDGFRβ, Figure 3) [3,67-70]. This hybrid oncogene consists of the in-frame fusion of the N-terminal part of the transcription repressor ETV6 (formerly named TEL), including its pointed domain, with the kinase domain of PDGFRβ [69]. The pointed domain is required for constitutive activation of the kinase domain and induces the oligomerization of the protein, which is thought to mimic the ligand-induced activation of wild-type receptors. In addition, PDGFRβ hybrids retain the transmembrane domain, which is required for cell transformation, even though ETV6-PDGFRB is not a membrane but a cytosolic protein [70]. Removal of the transmembrane segment affects the conformation of the protein. The PDGFRB extracellular immunoglobulin-like domains are lost in the fusion and replaced by the fusion partner gene, but in rare cases, the fifth Ig domain is retained in the fusion product. However, it can be deleted without affecting transformation efficiency [62].
Expression of this oncogene in hematopoietic cells, such as Ba/F3 cells, stimulates growth in the absence of cytokine [69]. In these cells, several signaling pathways contribute to proliferation, including PI3K, STAT5 and NF-κB [71-73]. Interestingly, the acute expression of ETV6- PDGFRB can also induce apoptosis of Ba/F3 cells in the presence of interleukin-3. JNK activation may be responsible for this paradoxical effect [74,75].
When it is introduced in mouse bone marrow cells, ETV6-PDGFRB induces a fatal myeloproliferative disorder. Noticeably, eosinophilia is not observed in this model, by contrast to the human disease [76]. The development of a myeloproliferative neoplasm depends on the presence of multiple tyrosine phosphorylation sites in the PDGFRB part of the fusion [76], and is delayed in mice deficient in STAT5 [68]. In vitro, ETV6-PDGFRB does not favor the differentiation of mouse hematopoietic stem cells into eosinophils [77]. By contrast, we observed that CD34+ human progenitor cells transduced with ETV6- PDGFRB proliferate in the absence of cytokine and differentiated towards the eosinophil lineage, as illustrated by the cell characteristic morphology, expression of the IL-5 receptor and eosinophil peroxidase, in a process that is NF- κB-dependent (Montano-Almendras et al, submitted). NF-κB activation can be blocked by a PI3K inhibitor, suggesting that the PI3K-AKT pathway may be involved, as previously described downstream wild-type PDGF receptors. ETV6-PDGFRB also activates STAT1, STAT3 and STAT5 in these cells. STAT1 activation by ETV6- PDGFRB was also reported in other cell types, but its role remains elusive [78]. In vivo, ETV6- PDGFRB induces leukemia with a shorter latency from bone marrow cells deficient in STAT1, suggesting a tumor suppressor role for STAT1 [68].
More than twenty different PDGFRB fusion products have been described [2,57]. Unlike ETV6- PDGFRB, none of them harbor a PNT domain. The most frequent oligomerization domains in PDGFRB fusion are coiled coils, which are found in 18 out of 23 fusion products [57]. Although coiled coil-induced oligomerization is well documented in general, their role in PDGFR fusion has not been extensively studied, except in two cases. In KANK1-PDGFRB, trimerization is mediated either by coiled coils of another unique domain in a redundant manner [79]. The coiled-coils of HIP-PDGFRB are dispensable for homodimerization, which required another sequence that shares homology with talin [80].
Ligand binding to the PDGF receptors not only induces dimerization, but also a conformational change, particularly of the fourth Ig-like domain [9]. These changes could help disrupting the juxtamembrane inhibitory domain and orienting the kinase domains properly [81]. In line with these observations, we showed that dimerization of ETV6-PDGFRB and KANK1-PDGFRB is not enough to induce cell transformation. Indeed, sequences located between the oligomerization domain of the partner and the PDGFRB kinase domain are critical to determine the optimal conformation of both fusion proteins [79,81].
Several other signaling molecules are activated by PDGFRB fusions. For instance, HIP1-PDGFRB binds to the SH2-containing Inositol 5- Phosphatase-1 (SHIP1), which antagonizes PI3K. It was speculated that the interaction of HIP1-PDGFRB with SHIP1 might sequester the latter from its substrates, enhancing phosphatidylinositol- dependent signaling [82].
FIP1L1-PDGFRA and other PDGFRA fusions
The fusion of FIP1L1 with PDGFRA results from a cryptic internal deletion of 800 kb on chromosome 4 [58]. It is found in about 10% of patients with idiopathic hypereosinophilia [58,83]. A few cases of systemic mastocytosis and acute myeloid leukemia with eosinophilia were also desccribed [84,85]. Beside eosinophils, the fusion is present in most bone marrow precursors of granulocytes, monocytes and erythrocytes, but not in lymphocytes, megakaryocytes and multipotent CD34+ cells, although the authors could not exclude an expression of the fusion in a small subset of these cells due to the limited sensitivity of the technique used in the study [86]. This observation suggests that FIP1L1-PDGFRA gives a proliferative advantage to granulocyte/monocyte progenitors, as well as erythroid progenitors (to a lesser extent), but not to multipotent, lymphoid or megakaryocytic progenitors.
All identified PDGFRA breakpoints are located within exon 12, which encodes the juxtamembrane domain. The disruption of this inhibitory domain is sufficient to activate the PDGFRα kinase domain [87,88]. The domain is truncated in all known PDGFRA fusions and in a subset of PDGFRB fusions. FIP1L1 does not harbor any consensus oligomerization domain and is not required for Ba/F3 cell transformation [88]. However, it may play a role in human progenitor cell proliferation [89]. It was shown that two tyrosine residues of the FIP1L1 part are phosphorylated in FIP1L1-PDGFRA and may act as binding sites for signaling proteins [90].
The tight association of FIP1L1-PDGFRA with hypereosinophilia is not understood. The fusion induces a myeloproliferative neoplasm in mice but no eosinophilia, except in IL-5 transgenic mice, in which enforced FIP1L1-PDGFRA expression enhances IL-5 driven hypereosinophilia. The role of IL-5 is further illustrated by the observation that an IL-5 gene polymorphism is associated with the severity of the human disease [91]. In vitro, expression of FIP1L1- PDGFRA in mouse or human progenitors favors eosinophil differentiation [77,89]. Signaling studies revealed that STAT5 is essential for the proliferation of human CD34+ cells expressing FIP1L1-PDGFRA [89]. Other signaling mediators activated by this oncoprotein include STAT1, STAT3, PI3K and MAP kinases (Figure 3) [17,89].
Experimental evidence as well as the patient response to imatinib clearly show that the FIP1L1-PDGFRA fusion is the cause of this particular myeloproliferative neoplasm. No additional gene alteration has been identified so far in these patients. Nevertheless, the deletion of one allele of the genes located between FIP1L1 and PDGFRA may contribute to the disease. This has however not been studied.
Activating mutations of PDGFRA have been found in patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumors [92]. Mutations were also reported in three cases of acute lymphoblastic and myeloid leukemia [93-95]. However, the two AML mutations do not seem to constitutively activate the receptor (our unpublished data). Recently, Elling and colleagues found activating PDGFRA mutations and receptor overexpression in a small subset of patients with hypereosinophilia (Figure 3). Whether these patients can benefit from imatinib therapy is not yet known. Interestingly, several passenger mutations and polymorphisms were also identified in the course of this study. This emphasizes the need for careful molecular characterization of potential PDGF receptor cancer mutations.
Myeloid neoplasms associated with PDGF receptor fusion and hypereosinophilia is now a well established clinical entity and patients can be successfully treated with tyrosine kinase inhibitors. Recent results suggest that imatinib therapy could also be tested hypereosinophilia with PDGFRA point mutations and to large granular lymphocyte leukemia. The mechanisms whereby PDGF receptor-derived oncogenes transform hematopoietic cells have also been studied in details. Nevertheless, the reasons why PDGF alterations favor eosinophil development are still elusive. Although PDGF does not seem to play an essential role in normal hematopoiesis, which makes it an ideal target for therapy, a number of reports suggest that it may regulate megakaryocytes, platelets, macrophages, lymphocytes and eosinophils. Despite decades of research, the relevance of these observations for hematopoiesis and immunity remains largely unclear.
Acknowledgements
This work was supported by grants from the Salus Sanguinis foundation and Action de Recherches Concertées (Communauté Francaise de Belgique).
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