Mouse extraembryonic arterial vessels harbor precursors capable of maturing into definitive HSCs

Sabrina Gordon-Keylock, Malgorzata Sobiesiak, Stanislav Rybtsov, Kate Moore, Alexander Medvinsky

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During mouse development, definitive hematopoietic stem cells (dHSCs) emerge by late E10.5 to E11 in several hematopoietic sites. Of them, the aorta-gonad-mesonephros (AGM) region drew particular attention owing to its capacity to autonomously initiate and expand dHSCs in culture, indicating its key role in HSC development. The dorsal aorta contains characteristic hematopoietic clusters and is the initial site of dHSC emergence, where they mature through vascular endothelial (VE)-cadherin(+)CD45(-)CD41(low) (type 1 pre-HSCs) and VE-cadherin(+)CD45(+) (type 2 pre-HSCs) intermediates. Although dHSCs were also found in other embryonic niches (placenta, yolk sac, and extraembryonic vessels), attempts to detect their HSC initiating potential have been unsuccessful to date. Extraembryonic arterial vessels contain hematopoietic clusters, suggesting that they develop HSCs, but functional evidence for this has been lacking. Here we show that umbilical cord and vitelline arteries (VAs), but not veins, contain pre-HSCs capable of maturing into dHSCs in the presence of exogenous interleukin 3, although in fewer numbers than the AGM region, and that pre-HSC activity in VAs increases with proximity to the embryo proper. Our functional data strongly suggest that extraembryonic arteries can actively contribute to adult hematopoiesis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2338-2345
Number of pages8
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2013


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