CD61 identifies a superior population of aged murine HSCs and is required to preserve quiescence and self-renewal

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    Aging leads to a decline in function of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) and increases susceptibility to hematological disease. We found CD61 to be highly expressed in aged murine HSCs. Here, we investigate the role of CD61 in identifying distinct subpopulations of aged HSCs and assess how expression of CD61 affects stem cell function. We show that HSCs with high expression of CD61 are functionality superior and retain self-renewal capacity in serial transplantations. In primary transplantations, aged CD61High HSCs function similarly to young HSCs. CD61High HSCs are more quiescent than their CD61Low counterparts. We also show that in aged bone marrow, CD61High and CD61Low HSCs are transcriptomically distinct populations. Collectively, our research identifies CD61 as a key player in maintaining stem cell quiescence, ensuring the preservation of their functional integrity and potential during aging. Moreover, CD61 emerges as a marker to prospectively isolate a superior, highly dormant population of young and aged HSCs, making it a valuable tool both in fundamental and clinical research.

    Originele taal-2English
    Pagina's (van-tot)99-111
    Aantal pagina's13
    TijdschriftBlood Advances
    Nummer van het tijdschrift1
    StatusPublished - 9-jan.-2024

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