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  • 1.
    Engström, Linda
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Cellbiologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Ruud, Johan
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Cellbiologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Eskilsson, Anna
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Avdelningen för cellbiologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Larsson, Anders
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Avdelningen för cellbiologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Mackerlova, Ludmila
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Cellbiologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Kugelberg, Unn
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Qian, Hong
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Vasilache, Ana Maria
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Cellbiologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Larsson, Peter
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för medicin och hälsa, Medicinsk radiofysik. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Engblom, David
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Cellbiologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Sigvardsson, Mikael
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Jönsson, Jan-Ingvar
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Blomqvist, Anders
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Cellbiologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Fever Depends on Prostaglandin E2 Production Specifically in Brain Endothelial Cells2012Inngår i: Endocrinology, ISSN 0013-7227, E-ISSN 1945-7170, Vol. 153, nr 10, s. 4849-4861Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Immune-induced prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) synthesis is critical for fever and other centrally elicited disease symptoms. The production of PGE2 depends on cyclooxygenase-2 and microsomal prostaglandin E synthase-1 (mPGES-1), but the identity of the cells involved has been a matter of controversy. We generated mice expressing mPGES-1 either in cells of hematopoietic or nonhematopoietic origin. Mice lacking mPGES-1 in hematopoietic cells displayed an intact febrile response to lipopolysaccharide, associated with elevated levels of PGE2 in the cerebrospinal fluid. In contrast, mice that expressed mPGES-1 only in hematopoietic cells, although displaying elevated PGE2 levels in plasma but not in the cerebrospinal fluid, showed no febrile response to lipopolysaccharide, thus pointing to the critical role of brain-derived PGE2 for fever. Immunohistochemical stainings showed that induced cyclooxygenase-2 expression in the brain exclusively occurred in endothelial cells, and quantitative PCR analysis on brain cells isolated by flow cytometry demonstrated that mPGES-1 is induced in endothelial cells and not in vascular wall macrophages. Similar analysis on liver cells showed induced expression in macrophages and not in endothelial cells, pointing at the distinct role for brain endothelial cells in PGE2 synthesis. These results identify the brain endothelial cells as the PGE2-producing cells critical for immune-induced fever.

  • 2.
    Man Wong, Wan
    et al.
    Lund University, Sweden .
    Sigvardsson, Mikael
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Astrand-Grundstrom, Ingbritt
    Lund University, Sweden .
    Hogge, Donna
    BC Cancer Agency, Canada .
    Larsson, Jonas
    Lund University, Sweden .
    Qian, Hong
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Ekblom, Marja
    Lund University, Sweden .
    Expression of Integrin alpha 2 Receptor in Human Cord Blood CD34+CD38-CD90+Stem Cells Engrafting Long-Term in NOD/SCID-IL2R gamma(c)null Mice2013Inngår i: Stem Cells, ISSN 1066-5099, E-ISSN 1549-4918, Vol. 31, nr 2, s. 360-371Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Human hematopoietic stem cells reside in the CD34+CD38-CD90+ population in cord blood and bone marrow. However, this cell fraction is heterogeneous, and the phenotype of the rare primitive stem cells remains poorly defined. We here report that primitive cord blood CD34+CD38-CD90+ stem cells, with the ability to reconstitute NOD/SCID-IL2R gamma(c)null (NSG) mice long-term, at 24 weeks after transplantation, can be prospectively isolated at an increased purity by using integrin alpha 2 receptor as an additional stem cell marker. Using a limiting dilution transplantation assay, we found a highly significant enrichment of multilineage reconstituting stem cells in the CD34+CD38-CD90+ cell fraction expressing the integrin alpha 2 receptor, with a frequency of 1/29 cells, as compared to a frequency of 1/157 in the corresponding integrin alpha 2- cells. In line with this, long-term reconstituting stem cells within the cord blood CD34+CD38- cell population were significantly enriched in the integrin alpha 2+ fraction, while stem cells and progenitors reconstituting short-term, at 8-12 weeks, were heterogeneous in integrin alpha 2 expression. Global gene expression profiling revealed that the lineage-marker negative (Lin-) CD34+CD38-CD90+CD45RA- integrin alpha 2+ cell population was molecularly distinct from the integrin alpha 2- cell population and the more mature Lin-CD34+CD38-CD90-CD45RA- cell population. Our findings identify integrin alpha 2 as a novel stem cell marker, which improves prospective isolation of the primitive human hematopoietic stem cells within the CD34+CD38-CD90+ cell population for experimental and therapeutic stem cell applications. STEM CELLS 2013;31:360-371

  • 3.
    Qian, Hong
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Badaloni, A
    Ist Science San Raffaele.
    Chiara, F
    Ist Science San Raffaele.
    Zetterblad, J
    Ist Science San Raffaele.
    Nihlberg, K
    Ist Science San Raffaele.
    Consalez, G
    Ist Science San Raffaele.
    Sigvardsson, M
    Ist Science San Raffaele.
    EBF2-EXPRESSING CELLS REPRESENT A HIGHLY PURIFIED MESENCHYMAL STEM CELL POPULATION IN ADULT MOUSE BONE MARROW in EXPERIMENTAL HEMATOLOGY, vol 39, issue 8, pp S109-S1092011Inngår i: EXPERIMENTAL HEMATOLOGY, Elsevier , 2011, Vol. 39, nr 8, s. S109-S109Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    n/a

  • 4.
    Qian, Hong
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Badaloni, Aurora
    Ist Science San Raffaele, Italy .
    Chiara, Francesca
    Ist Science San Raffaele, Italy .
    Stjernberg, Jenny
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Avdelningen för mikrobiologi och molekylär medicin. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Polisetti, Naresh
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Nihlberg, Kristian
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Avdelningen för mikrobiologi och molekylär medicin. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Giacomo Consalez, G
    Ist Science San Raffaele, Italy .
    Sigvardsson, Mikael
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Molecular Characterization of Prospectively Isolated Multipotent Mesenchymal Progenitors Provides New Insight into the Cellular Identity of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Mouse Bone Marrow2013Inngår i: Molecular and Cellular Biology, ISSN 0270-7306, E-ISSN 1098-5549, Vol. 33, nr 4, s. 661-677Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Despite great progress in the identification of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from bone marrow (BM), our knowledge of their in vivo cellular identity remains limited. We report here that cells expressing the transcription factor Ebf2 in adult BM display characteristics of MSCs. The Ebf2(+) cells are highly clonal and physiologically quiescent. In vivo lineage-tracing experiments, single cell clone transplantations, and in vitro differentiation assays revealed their self-renewal and multilineage differentiation capacity. Gene expression analysis of the freshly sorted Ebf2(+) cells demonstrated the expression of genes previously reported to be associated with MSCs and the coexpression of multiple lineage-associated genes at the single-cell level. Thus, Ebf2 expression is not restricted to committed osteoblast progenitor cells but rather marks a multipotent mesenchymal progenitor cell population in adult mouse BM. These cells do not appear to completely overlap the previously reported MSC populations. These findings provide new insights into the in vivo cellular identity and molecular properties of BM mesenchymal stem and progenitor cells.

  • 5.
    Qian, Hong
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Le Blanc, Katarina
    Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden.
    Sigvardsson, Mikael
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Primary Mesenchymal Stem and Progenitor Cells from Bone Marrow Lack Expression of CD44 Protein2012Inngår i: Journal of Biological Chemistry, ISSN 0021-9258, E-ISSN 1083-351X, Vol. 287, nr 31, s. 25795-25807Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Despite significant progress in our understanding of mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) biology during recent years, much of the information is based on experiments using in vitro culture-selected stromal progenitor cells. Therefore, the natural cellular identity of MSCs remains poorly defined. Numerous studies have reported that CD44 expression is one of the characteristics of MSCs in both humans and mice; however, we here have prospectively isolated bone marrow stromal cell subsets from both human and mouse bone marrow by flow cytometry and characterized them by gene expression analysis and function assays. Our data provide functional and molecular evidence suggesting that primary mesenchymal stem and progenitor cells of bone marrow reside in the CD44(-) cell fraction in both mice and humans. The finding that these CD44(-) cells acquire CD44 expression after in vitro culture provides an explanation for the previous misconceptions concerning CD44 expression on MSCs. In addition, the other previous reported MSC markers, including CD73, CD146, CD271, and CD106/VCAM1, are also differentially expressed on those two cell types. Our microarray data revealed a distinct gene expression profile of the freshly isolated CD44(-) cells and the cultured MSCs generated from these cells. Thus, we conclude that bone marrow MSCs physiologically lack expression of CD44, highlighting the natural phenotype of MSCs and opening new possibilities to prospectively isolate MSCs from the bone marrow.

  • 6.
    Qian, Hong
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Sigvardsson, Mikael
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Early B-Cell Factor 2 Represents A Novel Marker of Highly Purified Messenchymal Stem-Like Cells in Mouse Bone Marrow in BLOOD, vol 114, issue 22, pp 107-1082009Inngår i: BLOOD, American Society of Hematology , 2009, Vol. 114, nr 22, s. 107-108Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    n/a

  • 7.
    Sigvardsson, Mikael
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Zandi, Sasan
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Åhsberg, Josefine
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Qian, Hong
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Stjenrberg, Jenny
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Distinct regulatory networks control B-lymphoid specification and lineage commitment in JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY, vol 188, issue , pp2012Inngår i: JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY, American Association of Immunologists , 2012, Vol. 188Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    n/a

  • 8.
    Stjernberg, Jenny
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Qian, Hong
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Sigvardsson, Mikael
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Dynamic crosstalk between developing blood cells and mesenchymal stroma compartmentsManuskript (preprint) (Annet vitenskapelig)
    Abstract [en]

    The development of hematopoietic cells in the bone marrow is dependent on cellular interactions between blood cell progenitors and mesenchymal stroma cells. In order to increase the understanding of how cells communicate in this specialized environment, we have developed software scripts that allow us to compare gene expression patterns in two cells types and extract information about potential interaction pathways. The gene expression data was generated from freshly isolated FACS purified BM cells of hematopoietic or mesenchymal origins. This proposed that defined mesenchymal populations provide specific components to the microenvironment. Furthermore, even though several communication pathways were shared by multiple hematopoietic developmental stages, stage specific interactions may be involved in the modulation of defined progenitor populations. Additionally the analysis suggested that there existed possibilities for the hematopoietic cells to signal to the stroma cells and for the stroma cells to signal to each other. Our analysis suggests existence of a highly complex and dynamic crosstalk in the BM microenvironment.

  • 9.
    Strid, Tobias
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Cellbiologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Karlsson, Cecilia
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Avdelningen för cellbiologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Söderström, Mats
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Cellbiologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Zhang, Jie
    University of California.
    Qian, Hong
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Sigvardsson, Mikael
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Hammarström, Sven
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Cellbiologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Fetal hepatic expression of 5-lipoxygenase activating protein is confined to colonizing hematopoietic cells2009Inngår i: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications - BBRC, ISSN 0006-291X, E-ISSN 1090-2104, Vol. 383, nr 3, s. 336-339Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Leukotriene C-4 is a potent inflammatory mediator formed from arachidonic acid and glutathione. 5-Lipoxygenase (540), 5-lipoxygenase activating protein (FLAP) and leukotriene C-4 synthase (LTC4S) participate in its biosynthesis. We report evidence from in situ hybridization experiments that FLAP mRNA is abundantly expressed in fetal mouse liver from e11.5 until delivery. In contrast very little or no FLAP mRNA was detected in adult liver. The fetal expression in liver was not uniform but occurred in patches. Cells from e15.5 livers were fractionated by fluorescence activated cell sorting into hepatocytes and other CD45(-) cells and CD45(+) hematopoietic cells. The latter were further separated into immature (Lin(-)) and mature (Lin(+)) cells and analyzed for FLAP mRNA content by quantitative RT-PCR. FLAP mRNA expression was confined to CD45(+) cells and the mature cells had approximately 4-fold higher FLAP mRNA levels compared to the immature cells.

  • 10.
    Strid, Tobias
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Cellbiologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Sigvardsson, Mikael
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Karlsson, Cecilia
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Cellbiologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Söderström, Mats
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Cellbiologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Qian, Hong
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Hammarström, Sven
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Cellbiologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Expression of leukotriene biosynthesis proteins in fetal and adult hematopoietic cells and its functional effects on hematopoiesisManuskript (preprint) (Annet vitenskapelig)
    Abstract [en]

    Leukotrienes (LT) are potent pro-inflammatory mediators formed from arachidonic acid (AA) in reactions catalyzed by 5-lipoxygenase and either leukotriene A4 hydrolase or leukotriene C4 synthase. 5-lipoxygenase activating protein (FLAP) is also required. We have previously reported expression of FLAP in the hematopoietic compartment of the fetal liver raising questions regarding the role of leukotrienes in hematopoietic regulation. Here we report evidence from in situ hybridization, immunohistochemistry and qRT-PCR experiments that the complete LT biosynthesis machinery is abundantly expressed in hematopoietic cells of the fetal mouse liver from e11.5 until birth. FACS sorting of hematopoietic cells from e15.5 liver and adult bone marrow into different subpopulations followed by quantitative RT-PCR analysis showed that expression was confined mainly to myeloid cells but also detected in hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells. Analysis of FLAP knockout mice showed that a lack of this gene abolished LT and reduced 5(S)- hydroxyeicosa-6E,8Z,11Z,14Z-tetraenoic acid (HETE) production. Furthermore,  decreased relative numbers of B-lymphocytes and increased numbers of T-lymphocytes were observed in peripheral blood and increased numbers of common lymphoid progenitor cells were observed in BM. Taken together these findings suggest that production of LTs can occur in cells of the fetal and adult hematopoietic compartments and that deficiency of the FLAP gene (and leukotrienes) may affect lymphocyte maturation.

  • 11.
    Tsapogas, Panagiotis
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Zandi, Sasan
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Åhsberg, Josefine
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Welinder, Eva
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Månsson, Robert
    Department for Hematopoietic Stem cell Biology. Lund Stem Cell Center. BMC B12, 221 84 Lund, Sweden.
    Qian, Hong
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Sigvardsson, Mikael
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Functional and molecular analysis of B-lineage commitment suggests an instructive role for Il-7 in the earliest lymphoid restricted cellsManuskript (preprint) (Annet vitenskapelig)
    Abstract [en]

    Deficiencies in the Il-7 signaling pathway result in severe disruptions of lymphoid development in adult mice. In order to understand how Il-7 deficiency impacts early lymphoid development we have investigated lineage restriction events within the CLP compartment of Il-7 knock out mice. This revealed that while Il-7 deficiency had a minor impact on the development and functional properties of LY6D- multipotent CLPs, the formation of the lineage restricted LY6D+ CLP population was dramatically reduced. This was reflected in a low level transcription of B-lineage genes as well as in a loss of functional B-cell commitment in developing progenitors. The defect could not be rescued by ectopic expression of Bcl-2 suggesting that the cytokine act in an instructive manner in early lymphoid development. This clarifies the role of Il-7 in early lymphoid development and puts emphasis on the relevance of the recently defined lineage restricted progenitor cells in lymphoid differentiation.

  • 12.
    Tsapogas, Panagiotis
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Zandi, Sasan
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Åhsberg, Josefine
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Zetterblad, Jenny
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Welinder, Eva
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Jönsson, Jan-Ingvar
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Mansson, Robert
    Lund University.
    Qian, Hong
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Sigvardsson, Mikael
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    IL-7 mediates Ebf-1-dependent lineage restriction in early lymphoid progenitors2011Inngår i: Blood, ISSN 0006-4971, E-ISSN 1528-0020, Vol. 118, nr 5, s. 1283-1290Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    eficiencies in the IL-7 signaling pathway result in severe disruptions of lymphoid development in adult mice. To understand more about how IL-7 deficiency impacts early lymphoid development, we have investigated lineage restriction events within the common lymphoid progenitor (CLP) compartment in IL-7 knockout mice. This revealed that although IL-7 deficiency had a minor impact on the development of LY6D(-) multipotent CLPs, the formation of the lineage restricted LY6D(+) CLP population was dramatically reduced. This was reflected in a low-level transcription of B-lineage genes as well as in a loss of functional B-cell commitment. The few Ly6D(+) CLPs developed in the absence of IL-7 displayed increased lineage plasticity and low expression of Ebf-1. Absence of Ebf-1 could be linked to increased plasticity because even though Ly6D(+) cells develop in Ebf-1-deficient mice, these cells retain both natural killer and dendritic cell potential. This reveals that IL-7 is essential for normal development of Ly6D(+) CLPs and that Ebf-1 is crucial for lineage restriction in early lymphoid progenitors.

  • 13.
    Vasilache, Ana-Maria
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Avdelningen för cellbiologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet. Region Östergötland, Diagnostikcentrum, Klinisk immunologi och transfusionsmedicin.
    Qian, Hong
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Avdelningen för mikrobiologi och molekylär medicin. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet. Center for Hematology and Regenerative Medicine (HERM), Novum, Karolinska Institute, Huddinge, Sweden.
    Blomqvist, Anders
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Avdelningen för cellbiologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Immune challenge by intraperitoneal administration of lipopolysaccharide directs gene expression in distinct blood-brain barrier cells toward enhanced prostaglandin E2 signaling2015Inngår i: Brain, behavior, and immunity, ISSN 0889-1591, E-ISSN 1090-2139, Vol. 48, s. 31-41Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The cells constituting the blood-brain barrier are critical for the transduction of peripheral immune signals to the brain, but hitherto no comprehensive analysis of the signaling events that occur in these cells in response to a peripheral inflammatory stimulus has been performed. Here, we examined the inflammatory transcriptome in blood-brain barrier cells, including endothelial cells, pericytes, and perivascular macrophages, which were isolated by fluorescent-activated cell sorting, from non-immune-challenged mice and from mice stimulated by bacterial wall lipopolysaccharide. We show that endothelial cells and perivascular macrophages display distinct transcription profiles for inflammatory signaling and respond in distinct and often opposing ways to the immune stimulus. Thus, endothelial cells show induced PGE2 synthesis and transport with attenuation of PGE2 catabolism, increased expression of cytokine receptors and down-stream signaling molecules, and downregulation of adhesion molecules. In contrast, perivascular macrophages show downregulation of the synthesis of prostanoids other than PGE2 and of prostaglandin catabolism, but upregulation of interleukin-6 synthesis. Pericytes were largely unresponsive to the immune stimulation, with the exception of downregulation of proteins involved in pericyte-endothelial cell communication. While the endothelial cells account for most of the immune-induced gene expression changes in the blood-brain barrier, the response of the endothelial cells occurs in a concerted manner with that of the perivascular cells to elevate intracerebral levels of PGE2, hence emphasizing the critical role of PGE2 in immune-induced signal transduction across the blood-brain barrier.

  • 14.
    Zandi, Sasan
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Åhsberg, Josefine
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Tsapogas, Panagiotis
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Stjernberg, Jenny
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Qian, Hong
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Sigvardsson, Mikael
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Single-cell analysis of early B-lymphocyte development suggests independent regulation of lineage specification and commitment in vivo2012Inngår i: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, ISSN 0027-8424, E-ISSN 1091-6490, Vol. 109, nr 39, s. 15871-15876Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    To better understand the process of B-lymphocyte lineage restriction, we have investigated molecular and functional properties in early B-lineage cells from Pax-5-deficient animals crossed to a B-lineage-restricted reporter mouse, allowing us to identify B-lineage-specified progenitors independently of conventional surface markers. Pax-5 deficiency resulted in a dramatic increase in the frequency of specified progenitor B-cellsmarked by expression of a lambda 5 (Igll1) promoter-controlled reporter gene. Gene expression analysis of ex vivo isolated progenitor cells revealed that Pax-5 deficiency has a minor impact on B-cell specification. However, single-cell in vitro differentiation analysis of ex vivo isolated cells revealed that specified B-lineage progenitors still displayed a high degree of plasticity for development into NK or T lineage cells. In contrast, we were unable to detect any major changes in myeloid lineage potential in specified Pax-5-deficient cells. By comparison of gene expression patterns in ex vivo isolated Pax-5-and Ebf-1-deficient progenitors, it was possible to identify a set of B-cell-restricted genes dependent on Ebf-1 but not Pax-5, supporting the idea that B-cell specification and commitment is controlled by distinct regulatory networks.

  • 15.
    Zetterblad, Jenny
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Qian, Hong
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Zandi, Sasan
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Mansson, Robert
    Lund Stem Cell Centre.
    Lagergren, Anna
    Lund Stem Cell Centre.
    Hansson, Frida
    Lund Stem Cell Centre.
    Bryder, David
    Lund University.
    Paulsson, Nils
    Lund Stem Cell Centre.
    Sigvardsson, Mikael
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Genomics based analysis of interactions between developing B-lymphocytes and stromal cells reveal complex interactions and two-way communication2010Inngår i: BMC Genomics, ISSN 1471-2164, E-ISSN 1471-2164, Vol. 11, nr 108Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: The use of functional genomics has largely increased our understanding of cell biology and promises to help the development of systems biology needed to understand the complex order of events that regulates cellular differentiation in vivo. One model system clearly dependent on the integration of extra and intra cellular signals is the development of B-lymphocytes from hematopoietic stem cells in the bone marrow. This developmental pathway involves several defined differentiation stages associated with specific expression of genes including surface markers that can be used for the prospective isolation of the progenitor cells directly from the bone marrow to allow for ex vivo gene expression analysis. The developmental process can be simulated in vitro making it possible to dissect information about cell/cell communication as well as to address the relevance of communication pathways in a rather direct manner. Thus we believe that B-lymphocyte development represents a useful model system to take the first steps towards systems biology investigations in the bone marrow. Results: In order to identify extra cellular signals that promote B lymphocyte development we created a database with approximately 400 receptor ligand pairs and software matching gene expression data from two cell populations to obtain information about possible communication pathways. Using this database and gene expression data from NIH3T3 cells (unable to support B cell development), OP-9 cells (strongly supportive of B cell development), pro-B and pre-B cells as well as mature peripheral B-lineage cells, we were able to identify a set of potential stage and stromal cell restricted communication pathways. Functional analysis of some of these potential ways of communication allowed us to identify BMP-4 as a potent stimulator of B-cell development in vitro. Further, the analysis suggested that there existed possibilities for progenitor B cells to send signals to the stroma. The functional consequences of this were investigated by co-culture experiments revealing that the co-incubation of stromal cells with B cell progenitors altered both the morphology and the gene expression pattern in the stromal cells. Conclusions: We believe that this gene expression data analysis method allows for the identification of functionally relevant interactions and therefore could be applied to other data sets to unravel novel communication pathways.

  • 16.
    Åhsberg, Josefine
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Tsapogas, Panagiotis
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Qian, Hong
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Zetterblad, Jenny
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Zandi, Sasan
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Mansson, Robert
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Jönsson, Jan-Ingvar
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Sigvardsson, Mikael
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Interleukin-7-induced Stat-5 Acts in Synergy with Flt-3 Signaling to Stimulate Expansion of Hematopoietic Progenitor Cells2010Inngår i: JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY, ISSN 0021-9258, Vol. 285, nr 47, s. 36275-36284Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The development of lymphoid cells from bone marrow progenitors is dictated by interplay between internal cues such as transcription factors and external signals like the cytokines Flt-3 ligand and Il-7. These proteins are both of large importance for normal lymphoid development; however, it is unclear if they act in direct synergy to expand a transient Il-7R(+)Flt-3(+) population or if the collaboration is created through sequential activities. We report here that Flt-3L and Il-7 synergistically stimulated the expansion of primary Il-7R(+)Flt-3(+) progenitor cells and a hematopoietic progenitor cell line ectopically expressing the receptors. The stimulation resulted in a reduced expression of pro-apoptotic genes and also mediated survival of primary progenitor cells in vitro. However, functional analysis of single cells suggested that the anti-apoptotic effect was additive indicating that the synergy observed mainly depends on stimulation of proliferation. Analysis of downstream signaling events suggested that although Il-7 induced Stat-5 phosphorylation, Flt-3L caused activation of the ERK and AKT signaling pathways. Flt-3L could also drive proliferation in synergy with ectopically expressed constitutively active Stat-5. This synergy could be inhibited with either receptor tyrosine kinase or MAPK inhibitors suggesting that Flt-3L and Il-7 act in synergy by activation of independent signaling pathways to expand early hematopoietic progenitors.

  • 17.
    Åhsberg, Josefine
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Avdelningen för mikrobiologi och molekylär medicin. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Ungerbäck, Jonas
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Avdelningen för mikrobiologi och molekylär medicin. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Strid, Tobias
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Avdelningen för mikrobiologi och molekylär medicin. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Welinder, Eva
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Stjernberg, Jenny
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Experimentell hematologi. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Larsson, Malin
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för fysik, kemi och biologi, Bioinformatik. Linköpings universitet, Tekniska högskolan.
    Qian, Hong
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Avdelningen för mikrobiologi och molekylär medicin. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Sigvardsson, Mikael
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin, Avdelningen för mikrobiologi och molekylär medicin. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
    Early B-cell Factor 1 Regulates the Expansion of B-cell Progenitors in a Dose-dependent Manner2013Inngår i: Journal of Biological Chemistry, ISSN 0021-9258, E-ISSN 1083-351X, Vol. 288, nr 46, s. 33449-33461Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Transcription factor doses are of importance for normal and malignant B-lymphocyte development; however, the understanding of underlying mechanisms and functional consequences of reduced transcription factor levels is limited. We have analyzed progenitor and B-lineage compartments in mice carrying heterozygote mutations in the E2a, Ebf1, or Pax5 gene. Although lymphoid progenitors from Ebf1 or Pax5 heterozygote mice were specified and lineage-restricted in a manner comparable with Wt progenitors, this process was severely impaired in E2a heterozygote mutant mice. This defect was not significantly enhanced upon combined deletion of E2a with Ebf1 or Pax5. Analysis of the pre-B-cell compartment in Ebf1 heterozygote mice revealed a reduction in cell numbers. These cells expressed Pax5 and other B-lineage-associated genes, and global gene expression analysis suggested that the reduction of the pre-B-cell compartment was a result of impaired pre-B-cell expansion. This idea was supported by a reduction in IL2R-expressing late pre-B-cells as well as by cell cycle analysis and by the finding that the complexity of the VDJ rearrangement patterns was comparable in Wt and Ebf1(+/-) pre-B-cells, although the number of progenitors was reduced. Heterozygote deletion of Ebf1 resulted in impaired response to IL7 in vitro and reduced expression levels of pre-BCR on the cell surface, providing possible explanations for the observed stage-specific reduction in cellular expansion. Thus, transcription factor doses are critical for specification as well as expansion of B-lymphoid progenitors, providing increased insight into the molecular regulation of B-cell development.

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