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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-29249

Meek, B; Cloosen, S; Borsotti, C; Van Elssen, C H; Vanderlocht, J; Schnijderberg, M C; van der Poel, M W; Leewis, B; Hesselink, R; Manz, M G; Katsura, Y; Kawamoto, H; Germeraad, W T; Bos, G M (2010). In vitro-differentiated T/natural killer-cell progenitors derived from human CD34+ cells mature in the thymus. Blood, 115(2):261-265.

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Haploidentical hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (haplo-HSCT) is a treatment option for patients with hematopoietic malignancies that is hampered by treatment-related morbidity and mortality, in part the result of opportunistic infections, a direct consequence of delayed T-cell recovery. Thymic output can be improved by facilitation of thymic immigration, known to require precommitment of CD34(+) cells. We demonstrate that Delta-like ligand-mediated predifferentiation of mobilized CD34(+) cells in vitro results in a population of thymocyte-like cells arrested at a T/natural killer (NK)-cell progenitor stage. On intrahepatic transfer to Rag2(-/-)gamma(c)(-/-) mice, these cells selectively home to the thymus and differentiate toward surface T-cell receptor-alphabeta(+) mature T cells considerably faster than animals transplanted with noncultured CD34(+) cells. This finding creates the opportunity to develop an early T-cell reconstitution therapy to combine with HSCT.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Hematology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Date:January 2010
Deposited On:02 Mar 2010 13:41
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:51
Publisher:American Society of Hematology
Publisher DOI:10.1182/blood-2009-05-223990
PubMed ID:19828700

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