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According to current models of hematopoiesis, lymphoid-primed multi-potent progenitors (LMPPs) (Lin(-)Sca-1(+)c-Kit(+)CD34(+)Flt3(hi)) and common myeloid progenitors (CMPs) (Lin(-)Sca-1(+)c-Kit(+)CD34(+)CD41(hi)) establish an early branch point for separate lineage-commitment pathways from hematopoietic stem cells, with the notable exception that both pathways are proposed to generate all myeloid innate immune cell types through the same myeloid-restricted pre-granulocyte-macrophage progenitor (pre-GM) (Lin(-)Sca-1(-)c-Kit(+)CD41(-)FcγRII/III(-)CD150(-)CD105(-)). By single-cell transcriptome profiling of pre-GMs, we identified distinct myeloid differentiation pathways: a pathway expressing the gene encoding the transcription factor GATA-1 generated mast cells, eosinophils, megakaryocytes and erythroid cells, and a pathway lacking expression of that gene generated monocytes, neutrophils and lymphocytes. These results identify an early hematopoietic-lineage bifurcation that separates the myeloid lineages before their segregation from other hematopoietic-lineage potential.

Original publication

DOI

10.1038/ni.3412

Type

Journal article

Journal

Nat Immunol

Publication Date

06/2016

Volume

17

Pages

666 - 676

Keywords

Animals, Antigens, CD, Cell Differentiation, Cell Lineage, Cells, Cultured, Computational Biology, GATA1 Transcription Factor, Hematopoiesis, Immunity, Innate, Lymphocytes, Mice, Mice, Inbred C57BL, Mice, Knockout, Mice, Transgenic, Myeloid Cells, Myeloid Progenitor Cells, Sequence Analysis, RNA, Single-Cell Analysis, Tissue Array Analysis, fms-Like Tyrosine Kinase 3