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Comparative Study
. 1996 Dec;5(6):655-62.
doi: 10.1089/scd.1.1996.5.655.

The Effects of Flk-2/flt3 Ligand as Compared With C-Kit Ligand on Short-Term and Long-Term Proliferation of CD34+ Hematopoietic Progenitors Elicited From Human Fetal Liver, Umbilical Cord Blood, Bone Marrow, and Mobilized Peripheral Blood

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Comparative Study

The Effects of Flk-2/flt3 Ligand as Compared With C-Kit Ligand on Short-Term and Long-Term Proliferation of CD34+ Hematopoietic Progenitors Elicited From Human Fetal Liver, Umbilical Cord Blood, Bone Marrow, and Mobilized Peripheral Blood

F Shapiro et al. J Hematother. .

Abstract

The Flk-2/flt3 ligand (FL) was evaluated and compared with c-kit ligand (KL) for its in vitro proliferative effects on CD34+ cells from human fetal liver, umbilical cord blood, bone marrow, and mobilized peripheral blood. Using a 7-day liquid culture system, FL in combination with interleukin-3 (IL-3), interleukin-6 (IL-6), and granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) was comparable with KL in combination with IL-3, IL-6, and G-CSF for the expansion of hematopoietic progenitors. When FL-containing cultures were assayed after 21 or 28 days, a greater number of progenitors were generated as compared with KL-containing cultures. Using bone marrow microvascular endothelial cells as support stroma, cultures supplemented with FL generated a greater number of progenitors in both the nonadherent and adherent layers at day 35. These data suggest that FL ligand, in combination with other cytokines, can be used for short-term ex vivo expansion of hematopoietic progenitors and facilitates the preservation and possible expansion of primitive cells capable of long-term generation of progenitors.

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