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The soluble Notch ligand, Jagged-1, inhibits proliferation of CD34+ macrophage progenitors.

The Notch/Notch ligand system controls diverse cellular processes. The proteolytic cleavage generates transmembrane and soluble forms of Notch ligands. We examined the effect of a soluble Notch ligand, human Jagged-1, on human cord blood (CB) CD34+ cells, under serum-deprived conditions, using soluble human Jagged-1-immunoglobulin G1 chimera protein (hJagged-1). Soluble hJagged-1 inhibited myeloid colony formation but not erythroid-mix or erythroid colony formation, in the presence of stem cell factor (SCF), interleukin-3, granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF), G-CSF, thrombopoietin, and erythropoietin. Cytological analysis revealed that the decrease in myeloid colonies resulted mainly from the inhibition of macrophage colony formation. Furthermore, soluble hJagged-1 led to the inhibition of macrophage colony formation supported by M-CSF plus SCF and GM-CSF plus SCF. Delayed-addition experiments and the analysis of colony sizes demonstrated that soluble hJagged-l inhibited the growth of macrophage progenitors by acting in the early stage of macrophage development. The direct action of hJagged-1 was confirmed by the enhanced expression of the HES-1 (hairy enhancer of the split-1) gene. These results suggest that soluble hJagged-1 may regulate human hematopoiesis in the monocyte/macrophage lineage.[1]


  1. The soluble Notch ligand, Jagged-1, inhibits proliferation of CD34+ macrophage progenitors. Masuya, M., Katayama, N., Hoshino, N., Nishikawa, H., Sakano, S., Araki, H., Mitani, H., Suzuki, H., Miyashita, H., Kobayashi, K., Nishii, K., Minami, N., Shiku, H. Int. J. Hematol. (2002) [Pubmed]
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