Characterization of peripheral blood stem cells in mice

Blood. 1996 Jul 15;88(2):445-54.


Peripheral blood stem cells (PBSCs) were mobilized in mice by treatment with cytosine-arabinoside on day 0, followed by the administration by injection of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor for 4 days. There were remarkable increases in the numbers of cells with lineage-negative (Lin-) c-kit+ markers, cells with colony-forming unit-cell (CFU-C) and colony-forming unit-spleen (CFU-S) activities, and cells with marrow-repopulating ability (MRA) in the extramedullary sites (the spleen, peripheral blood, and liver) on day 5, whereas the number of these immature hematopoietic cells decreased in the bone marrow (BM) on day 5. This finding suggests the mobilization of immature hematopoietic cells from the BM to the extramedullary sites. Three-color flow cytometric analyses showed that CD4 antigen was not expressed on the Lin-Sca-1+ cells in the mobilized PB cells (PBCs), although CD4lo cells were found in those of normal BM cells. Lin-c-kit+ cells in the mobilized PBCs contained more cells with immature phenotypes (Sca-1+, Thy1.2lo, CD71-, and Rh123dull) than in normal BMCs, indicating an alteration of the hierarchical composition of the Lin-c-kit+ cells. The Lin-c-kit+Sca-1+ cells in the mobilized PBCs had similar CFU-C and CFU-S activities to those in normal BMCs. Electron microscopic studies of these cells in the mobilized PBCs showed that only 10% to 20% of these cells had a thin rim of cytoplasm with poorly developed organelles. Allogeneic transplantation [B6 --> C3H] of PBSCs showed long-term reconstituting activity across the major histocompatibility complex barrier 24 weeks after transplantation, although longer observation is necessary.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Blood Cells / cytology*
  • Bone Marrow / drug effects
  • Cell Lineage
  • Cytarabine / pharmacology
  • Granulocyte Colony-Stimulating Factor / pharmacology
  • Hematopoietic Cell Growth Factors / pharmacology
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cells / cytology*
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cells / drug effects
  • Immunophenotyping
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C3H
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Radiation Chimera
  • Recombinant Proteins / pharmacology
  • Splenectomy


  • Hematopoietic Cell Growth Factors
  • Recombinant Proteins
  • Cytarabine
  • Granulocyte Colony-Stimulating Factor