Csf3r mutations in mice confer a strong clonal HSC advantage via activation of Stat5

Fulu Liu, Ghada Kunter, Maxwell M. Krem, William C. Eades, Jennifer A. Cain, Michael H. Tomasson, Lothar Hennighausen, Daniel C. Link

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A fundamental property of leukemic stem cells is clonal dominance of the bone marrow microenvironment. Truncation mutations of CSF3R, which encodes the G-CSF receptor (G-CSFR), are implicated in leukemic progression in patients with severe congenital neutropenia. Here we show that expression of a truncated mutant Csf3r in mice confers a strong clonal advantage at the HSC level that is dependent upon exogenous G-CSF. G-CSF-induced proliferation, phosphorylation of Stat5, and transcription of Stat5 target genes were increased in HSCs isolated from mice expressing the mutant Csf3r. Conversely, the proliferative advantage conferred by the mutant Csf3r was abrogated in myeloid progenitors lacking both Stat5A and Stat5B, and HSC function was reduced in mice expressing a truncated mutant Csf3r engineered to have impaired Stat5 activation. These data indicate that in mice, inappropriate Stat5 activation plays a key role in establishing clonal dominance by stem cells expressing mutant Csf3r.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)946-955
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical Investigation
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2008


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