Localization of androgen receptor expression in human bone marrow

J Pathol. 2001 Mar;193(3):361-6. doi: 10.1002/1096-9896(0000)9999:9999<::AID-PATH803>3.0.CO;2-W.


Androgens have been shown to modulate the haematopoietic and immune systems and have been used clinically for stimulating haematopoiesis in bone marrow failure conditions. To identify the bone marrow cell types as potential targets of androgens, an androgen receptor (AR)-specific antibody was used to localize the AR in normal human bone marrow biopsies. The results show that AR was ubiquitously expressed in the bone marrow of both males and females. Furthermore, the AR expression pattern did not change with age. Stromal cells, macrophages, endothelial cells, myeloblasts, myelocytes, neutrophils, and megakaryocytes expressed AR. In contrast, AR was not detected in the lymphoid and erythroid cells, or in eosinophils. These results indicate that androgens may exert direct modulating effects on a wide spectrum of bone marrow cell types via AR-mediated responses.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Biopsy
  • Bone Marrow Cells / metabolism*
  • Female
  • Hematopoiesis / physiology
  • Humans
  • Immunoenzyme Techniques
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Receptors, Androgen / metabolism*
  • Sex Distribution


  • Receptors, Androgen