What is it about?

This is one of my first publications from my PhD research about the ability of blood forming stem cells from an unrelated donor mouse to colonise a different mouse. The blood forming stem cells were obtained from donor mouse embryonic tissue. Allogeneic day 7 mouse embryonic cells can colonize the haemopoietic system of normal, non-irradiated recipient mice. Donor embryonic cells are disaggregated and injected intravenously resulting in colonization in 40% of recipients, as shown by the presence of electrophoretic markers, characteristic of the donor cells. Donor type haemoglobin (Hb) and donor type glucose phosphate isomerase (GPI) demonstrates the presence of donor type erythrocytes and lymphocytes respectively. Repeat grafts in recipients not showing donor makers did not result in colonization. Recipient type haemopoiesis was dominant in all types of recipient. Skin grafts of allogenic donor type skin onto successfully grafted embryonic cell recipients did not survive. Allogeneic donor embryonic cells therefore survive in recipients where adult skin allografts do not. Donor embryonic cells, homozygous for T6 marker chromosomes, were used to assess the site of colonization of intravenously grafted cells. Donor chromosomes were seen in recipient liver and bone marrow at low levels. This distribution of donor cells persists for up to 64 d post-graft.

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Why is it important?

It shows the unique properties of stem cell derived from early mouse embryos which seem to be able to evade the recipient immune system

Perspectives

This publication, and others from my PhD, were some of the very early ideas in regenerative medicine

Professor Peter Hollands
Consultant Clinical Scientist

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This page is a summary of: Transplantation of embryonic haemopoietic stem cells without prior recipient X-irradiation, British Journal of Haematology, August 1988, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2141.1988.tb02394.x.
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