The L4F3 antigen is expressed by unipotent and multipotent colony-forming cells but not by their precursors

Blood. 1986 Nov;68(5):1030-5.


Antibody L4F3 is a murine monoclonal antibody that recognizes an antigen expressed on in vitro colony-forming cells, including virtually all CFU-GM, CFU-Meg, BFU-E, and CFU-Mix. In the present study we examined whether cells that do not express the L4F3 antigen include precursors of hematopoietic colony-forming cells. Colony-forming cells were depleted from marrow by treatment with L4F3 and complement. The remaining cells generated CFU-GM, BFU-E, and CFU-Mix when cultured in the presence of irradiated adherent cell layers from long-term marrow cultures. Marrow cells not expressing the L4F3 antigen, which were separated by cell-sorting techniques, were depleted of colony-forming cells but nevertheless generated CFU-GM when cultured over irradiated adherent cell layers. These data suggest that there are marrow precursors that do not express the L4F3 antigen and that give rise to colony-forming cells of multiple types. Negative selection techniques should allow the enrichment of these precursors of colony-forming cells, thereby enabling direct studies of these immature stem cells.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Antigens, Surface / analysis*
  • Bone Marrow / immunology
  • Bone Marrow Cells*
  • Cell Differentiation
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Flow Cytometry
  • Hematopoiesis
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cells / immunology*
  • Humans


  • Antigens, Surface