Cyclic ADP-ribose generation by CD38 improves human hemopoietic stem cell engraftment into NOD/SCID mice.

Marina Podestà, Anna Pitto, Osvaldo Figari, Andrea Bacigalupo, Santina Bruzzone, Lucrezia Guida, Luisa Franco, Antonio De Flora, Elena Zocchi

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Cyclic ADP-ribose (cADPR) is a potent and universal intracellular calcium mobilizer, recently shown to behave as a new hemopoietic cytokine stimulating the in vitro proliferation of both committed and uncommitted human hemopoietic progenitors (HP). Here, we investigated the effects of cADPR on engraftment of hemopoietic stem cells (HSC) into irradiated NOD/SCID mice. Two different protocols were used: i) a 24 h in vitro priming of cord blood-derived mononuclear cells (MNC) with micromolar cADPR, followed by their infusion into irradiated mice (both primary and secondary transplants); and ii) co-infusion of MNC with CD38-transfected, cADPR-generating, irradiated murine 3T3 fibroblasts. We demonstrated a dual effect of cADPR on human HP in vivo: i) enhanced proliferation of committed progenitors, responsible for improvement of short-term engraftment; ii) expansion of HSC, with increased long-term human engraftment into secondary recipients and a significantly higher expansion factor of CD34+ progenitors in mice co-infused with MNC and CD38+ 3T3 fibroblasts. These results hold promise for the possible therapeutic use of cADPR, and of cADPR-producing stroma, to achieve long-term expansion of human HSC, that is, those HP capable of self-renewal and responsible for repopulation of the bone marrow.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)310-312
Number of pages3
JournalFASEB Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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