We have traced emerging hematopoietic cells along human early ontogeny by culturing embryonic tissue rudiments in the presence of stromal cells that promote myeloid and B cell differentiation, and by assaying T cell potential in the NOD-SCID mouse thymus. Hematogenous potential was present inside the embryo as early as day 19 of development in the absence of detectable CD34(+) hematopoietic cells, and spanned both lymphoid and myeloid lineages from day 24 in the splanchnopleural mesoderm and derived aorta where CD34(+) progenitors appear at day 27. By contrast, hematopoietic cells arising in the third week yolk sac, as well as their progeny at later stages, were restricted to myelopoiesis and therefore are unlikely to contribute to definitive hematopoiesis in man.
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2001|