Stem cells of GATA1-related leukemia undergo pernicious changes after 5-fluorouracil treatment

Kanako Abe, Ritsuko Shimizu, Xiaoqing Pan, Hiromi Hamada, Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, Masayuki Yamamoto

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Objective: Transcription factor GATA1 plays a critical role in erythropoiesis through the integrated regulation of cell proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis. In Gata1.05 gene knockdown mice, Gata1 expression deteriorates to 5% of wild-type allelic expression, a level insufficient for supporting normal erythropoiesis and one that leads to accumulation of erythroid progenitors that are readily transformed into erythroblastic leukemia. Serial engraftment of leukemic cells into primary or subsequent nude mice reconstituted complete leukemic phenotype in recipient. To delineate characteristics of leukemic stem cells (LSCs), we analyzed LSCs of Gata1.05 leukemia, which have a potential to reestablish leukemia in mice. Materials and Methods: Leukemic cells isolated from the first recipient mice of Gata1.05 leukemia cells were divided into two fractions using Hoechst dye. Fractionated cells were transplanted into second recipient, or analyzed gene expression profiles and cell-cycle status. Consequences of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) treatment on leukemic cells in vivo were studied. Results: LSCs were enriched in the Hoechst dye-excluded side population (SP), and leukemic cells in the SP population (LSP cells) were morphologically and immunophenotypically indistinguishable from other leukemic cells. However, expression of hematopoietic stem cell (HSC)-related genes was upregulated in the LSP cells. In cell-cycle analyses, LSP cells were quiescent like HSCs, but reentry into the cell cycle was stimulated by 5-FU treatment. Nonetheless, 5-FU treatment established a point of newly adjusted equilibrium in the LSP cells and the cells never recovered to their previous quiescent state. Conclusion: Based on this observation, distinct self-renewal regulatory mechanisms in LSCs may be considered as one of the causes of worsening of the features of leukemia after injury and relapse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-445.e1
JournalExperimental Hematology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Apr


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