A mathematical model of erythropoiesis in mice and rats. Part 4: Differences between bone marrow and spleen

Cell Tissue Kinet. 1990 Jul;23(4):283-97. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2184.1990.tb01125.x.


In a preceding analysis we hypothesized that the most important parameter controlled by erythropoietic regulation in vivo is the degree of amplification (number of cell divisions) in the CFU-E and erythroblast cell stages. It was concluded that erythropoietic amplification in vivo is controlled according to a sigmoidal dose-response relationship with respect to the control parameter which is the haematocrit (or haemoglobin concentration). Here, this hypothesis is extended to include the differences in murine bone marrow and splenic erythropoiesis that are described and quantified by different dose-response relationships. Comparing several sets of experimental data with mathematical model simulations, this approach leads to the following conclusions: (i) in the unperturbed normal steady state at least one extra erythropoietic cell division takes place in the spleen compared with the bone marrow; (ii) a strong erythropoietic stimulus, such as severe bleeding or hypoxia, can induce five to six additional cell divisions in the spleen but only two to three additional divisions in the bone marrow; this results in a considerable increase in the spleen's contribution to erythropoiesis from about 10% in normal animals to over 40% during strong stimulation; (iii) under erythropoietic suppression, such as red cell transfusion, a similar number of cell divisions is skipped in both organs and the splenic contribution to erythropoiesis remains unchanged. In conclusion, the concept that bone marrow and spleen microenvironments differ in the dose-response relationship for erythropoietic regulation provides an explanation for the changing contribution of splenic murine erythropoiesis following a variety of experimental treatments.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Blood Transfusion
  • Bloodletting
  • Bone Marrow / physiology*
  • Bone Marrow Cells
  • Cell Division / physiology
  • Erythrocyte Count
  • Erythrocyte Indices / physiology*
  • Erythrocyte Transfusion
  • Erythrocytes / cytology
  • Erythropoiesis / physiology*
  • Hypoxia / blood
  • Mathematics
  • Mice
  • Mitosis / physiology
  • Models, Biological*
  • Rats
  • Spleen / cytology
  • Spleen / physiology*
  • Whole-Body Irradiation