Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Reductase Enhances Long-Term Hematopoietic Stem Cell Repopulation Efficiency in Mice

Yan Zhang, Fang Dong, Na Zhang, Hui Cheng, Yakun Pang, Xiaomin Wang, Jing Xu, Xinxin Ding, Tao Cheng, Jun Gu, Weiping Yuan

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Background:Bone marrow microenvironment (niche) plays essential roles in the fate of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). Intracellular and extracellular redox metabolic microenvironment is one of the critical factors for the maintenance of the niche. Cytochrome P450 reductase (CPR) is an obligate electron donor to all microsomal cytochrome P450 enzymes (P450 or CYP), and contributes to the redox metabolic process. However, its role in maintaining HSCs is unknown.Objective:To examine the effects of low CPR expression on HSCs function using a mouse model of globally suppressed Cpr gene expression (Cpr Low, CL mice).Methods:Hematopoietic cell subpopulations in bone marrow (BM) and peripheral blood (PB) from WT and CL mice were examined for their repopulation and differentiation ability upon BM competitive transplantation and enriched HSC (LKS+) transplantation. Effects of low CPR expression on hematopoiesis were examined by transplanting normal BM cells into CL recipients. Reactive oxygen species (ROS), cell cycle, and apoptosis in CL mice were analyzed by flow cytometry for DCF-DA fluorescence intensity, Ki67 protein, and Annexin-V, respectively.Results:The levels of ROS in BM cells, HPCs and HSCs were comparable between CL and WT mice. In comparison to WT mice, the number of LT-HSCs or ST-HSCs was lower in CL mice while CMPs, GMPs and MEPs in CL mice were higher than that in WT control. Competitive transplantation assay revealed enhanced repopulation capacity of HSCs with low CPR expression, but no difference in differentiation potential upon in vitro experiments. Furthermore, lymphoid differentiation of donor cells decreased while their myeloid differentiation increased under CL microenvironment although the overall level of donor hematopoietic repopulation was not significantly altered.Conclusions:Our studies demonstrate that suppressing CPR expression enhances the repopulation efficiency of HSCs and a low CPR expression microenvironment favors the differentiation of myeloid over lymphoid lineage cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere69913
JournalPloS one
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 26 2013

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