Emerging evidence suggests that all hematopoietic and endothelial cells originate from Flk-1+mesoderm in the mouse. However, this concept has not been completely proven, especially for the origin of blood cells. Using either Flk1+/Cre; Rosa26R-EYFP or Flk1+/Cre; Rosa26R-LacZ mice, we permanently marked Flk-1+cells and their progenies to determine the relationship between hematopoietic tissues and cells that express Flk-1. In embryos, all blood cells within the yolk sac and aorta were of Flk-1+origin. In addition, nearly all CD45+cells in bone marrow and circulating blood in adults were of Flk-1+origin. These results provide clear evidence that all blood cells, primitive and definitive, in mice are derived from Flk-1+mesodermal cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)563-566
Number of pages4
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 15 2009


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