Serum-soluble c-kit levels during mobilization of peripheral blood stem cells correlate with stem cell yield

Int J Hematol. 2000 Aug;72(2):186-93.


c-Kit is expressed in hematopoietic stem cells and plays an important role in hematopoiesis. In 16 patients with malignancies, serum-soluble c-Kit levels and the expressions of c-KIT messenger RNA (mRNA) and protein in peripheral blood mononuclear cells were analyzed serially during 26 courses of peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) mobilization after granulocyte colony-stimulating factor administration following chemotherapy for PBSC harvest. Serum-soluble c-Kit levels were significantly lower in patients than in controls (179.7+/-17.7 arbitrary units [AU]/mL versus 274.5+/-18.9 AU/mL; P < .001), decreasing after chemotherapy (167.7+/-18.2 AU/mL), increasing from day 14, and peaking at day 19 (193.3+/-16.4 AU/mL). The numbers of both c-Kit+ cells and CD34+ cells and granulocyte-macrophage colony-forming units in peripheral blood peaked at day 17, following the peak of the expression of c-KIT mRNA. Serum-soluble c-Kit levels showed a significant positive correlation with the numbers of CD34+ cells in both peripheral blood and leukapheresis products (r = 0.553, P < .01, and r = 0.640, P < .001, respectively) and changed at higher levels in patients with large numbers of PBSCs versus patients with small numbers of PBSCs (P < .05). Serum-soluble c-Kit may reflect the capacity for hematopoiesis after chemotherapy and may be useful in predicting the number of PBSCs that can be mobilized and harvested after mobilization, as well as for monitoring the timing for PBSC harvest.

Publication types

  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Granulocyte Colony-Stimulating Factor / administration & dosage
  • Hematopoiesis / drug effects
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Mobilization*
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cells / cytology*
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cells / drug effects
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / blood
  • Lung Neoplasms / therapy
  • Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin / blood
  • Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin / therapy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Multiple Myeloma / blood
  • Multiple Myeloma / therapy
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-kit / blood*
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-kit / pharmacology*
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-kit / physiology
  • Testicular Neoplasms / blood
  • Testicular Neoplasms / therapy


  • Granulocyte Colony-Stimulating Factor
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-kit