Lung cells transplanted to irradiated recipients generate lymphohematopoietic progeny

Shinji Abe, Gina Lauby, Craig Boyer, Lidia Manouilova, Stephen I. Rennard, J. Graham Sharp

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Bone marrow (stem) cells can differentiate into cells in multiple tissues, including lung. Conversely, there are reports that cells of nonhematopoietic tissues (brain, muscle) can give rise to lymphohematopoietic cells. Here we show that the lung contains cells capable of giving rise to lymphohematopoietic cells when transplanted to irradiated recipients. Whole lung cell suspensions, lung side population (SP) cells, and CD45+/- lung cells obtained from male transgenic enhanced green fluorescent protein-expressing mice were transplanted intravenously to total body irradiated female mke. Green fluorescent cells were recovered from the circulation and phenotyped for their expression of lymphohematopoietic markers (CD3, CD4, CD8, B220, Gr-1, and Mac-1). Lung SP cells were composed of heterogeneous populations and had less ability to give rise to lymphohematopoietic cells than did bone marrow SP cells. Furthermore, the ability of cells from the lung of aged mice to generate lymphohematopoietic progeny was equivalent to that of cells from young mice. Cells from lung with radioprotective and lymphohematopoietic reconstituting abilities were CD45+, CD45+ cells in the lung cells have lymphohematopoietic stem/progenitor cell characteristics, and this has implications for cell or gene therapy applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)491-499
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican journal of respiratory cell and molecular biology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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