In the present report we describe the properties of pluripotent stem cells isolated with elutriation and Percoll density gradient centrifugation techniques from spleens of recovering thiamphenicol pretreated anemic mice. Cells with a diameter between 7.2 and 8.4 microns and sedimenting at a density of 1.065 g/ml had a high capacity to repopulate lethally irradiated mice with all the hemopoietic precursor cells. The spleen colonies formed on day 8 and day 12 after inoculation in irradiated recipients showed no morphological differences in mixed and lineage-specific composition. Day 12 colonies were much larger than day 8 colonies. Pluripotent stem cells isolated from regenerating spleens were very susceptible to 3'-thymidine; 65% of the cells were killed. Only 2% kill was found in stem cells present in vivo 4 days earlier in the bone marrow. The purified stem cells were probably all in cycle and possibly partly synchronized.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||European Journal of Cell Biology|
|Publication status||Published - 1985|