Positive and negative haematopoietic cytokines produced by bone marrow endothelial cells

Wei Min Li, Wei Qi Huang, Yan Hong Huang, Zhao De Jiang, Qi Ru Wang*

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Recently, cytokines and interleukins such as SCF, GM-CSF, G-CSF, TGF-β, IL-6, IL-7, IL-8, IL-11 have been reported to be elaborated by endothelial cells. For further study, serum free bone marrow endothelial cell conditioned medium (BMEC-CM) was collected and ultrafiltrated by using a centriprep 10. The concentrated retentate (R-BMEC-CM) contained some substances whose molecular weight was more than 10,000 daltons. The filtrate (F-BMEC-CM) contained some substances whose molecular weight was less than 10,000 daltons. The effects of R-BMEC-CM and F-BMEC-CM on the growth of haematopoietic progenitors and the expression of cytokine and interleukin mRNAs of BMEC were investigated. The results showed that R-BMEC-CM stimulated the growth of CFU-GM, HPP-CFC, BFU-E, CFU-E, and CFU-Meg; while F-BMEC-CM inhibited the growth of these progenitors. Using the method of hybridizing to the Atlas cDNA Array, we were able to detect the presence of mRNAs of cytokines and interleukins in bone marrow endothelial cells. Our finding of the existence of mRNAs of SCF, GM-CSF, IL-6, TGF-β, IL-1, and IL-11 in these cells was in agreement with the data reported previously. Furthermore, we detected mRNAs of MIP-2, Thymosion-β4, PDGF, MSP-1, IFN-γ, IL-13 and inhibin, which are related to haematopoiesis. Among these cytokines and interleukins, SCF, GM-CSF, IL-6, IL-1, and IL-11 are haematopoietic stimulators which may be responsible for the stimulative effects on the growth of haematopoietic progenitors. One of our new findings, the thymosin-β4, is a small molecular haematopoietic inhibitor. It may be responsible for the inhibitory effect of F-BMEC-CM on haematopoietic progenitors. The presence of mRNAs of BMP, MSP-1, MIP-2, PDGF and IL-13 suggests that bone marrow endothelial cells might elaborate these substances. Their influence on haematopoietic progenitors needs further study. (C) 2000 Academic Press.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1017-1023
Number of pages7
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2000


  • Bone marrow
  • Cytokines
  • Endothelial cells
  • Haematopoiesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Biochemistry
  • Hematology
  • Molecular Biology


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