Osteoprogenitor SFRP1 prevents exhaustion of hematopoietic stem cells via PP2A-PR72/130-mediated regulation of p300

Haematologica. 2022 Aug 11. doi: 10.3324/haematol.2022.280760. Online ahead of print.


Remodeling of the bone marrow microenvironment in chronic inflammation and in aging reduces hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) function. To assess the mechanisms of HSC functional decline and find strategies to counteract these, we established a model in which Sfrp1 gene was deleted in Osterix+ osteolineage cells (OS1Δ/Δ mice). HSCs from these mice showed severely diminished repopulating activity with associated DNA damage, enriched expression of the `ROS pathway´ and reduced single cell proliferation. Interestingly, not only was the protein level of Catenin beta-1 (beta-catenin) elevated, but so was its association with the phosphorylated coactivator p300 in the nucleus. Since these two proteins play a key role in promotion of differentiation and senescence, we inhibited in vivo phosphorylation of p300 through PP2APR72/130 by IQ-1 administration in OS1Δ/Δ mice. This treatment not only reduced Catenin beta-1/phospho-p300 association, but also decreased nuclear p300. More importantly, in vivo IQ-1 treatment fully restored HSC repopulating activity of the OS1Δ/Δ mice. Our findings show that osteoprogenitor Sfrp1 is essential for maintaining HSC function. Furthermore, pharmacological downregulation of nuclear Catenin beta-1/phospho-p300 association is a new strategy to restore poor HSC function.