Isolation and assessment of long-term reconstituting hematopoietic stem cells from adult mouse bone marrow

Curr Protoc Stem Cell Biol. 2007 Nov;Chapter 2:Unit 2A.4. doi: 10.1002/9780470151808.sc02a04s3.


Suspensions of multipotent hematopoietic stem cells with long-term repopulating activity can now be routinely isolated from adult mouse bone marrow at purities of 30%. A robust method for obtaining these cells in a single step using multiparameter cell sorting to isolate the CD45(mid)lin(-)Rho(-)SP subset is described here, together with a detailed protocol for assessing their regenerative activity in mice transplanted with single cells. These procedures provide unprecedented power and precision for characterizing the molecular and biological properties of cells with hematopoietic stem cell activity at the single cell level.

MeSH terms

  • Adult Stem Cells / cytology*
  • Adult Stem Cells / metabolism
  • Animals
  • Bone Marrow Cells / cytology*
  • Bone Marrow Cells / metabolism
  • Cell Separation / methods*
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cells / cytology*
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cells / metabolism
  • Leukocytes / cytology
  • Leukocytes / metabolism
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Multipotent Stem Cells / cytology
  • Multipotent Stem Cells / metabolism