The p47 GTPase Lrg-47 (Irgm1) links host defense and hematopoietic stem cell proliferation.


Journal Article

Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) are self-renewing bone marrow cells that give rise to all blood lineages and retain a remarkable capacity to proliferate in response to insult. Although some controls on HSC activation are known, little is understood about how this process is linked to natural signals. We report that the interferon-inducible GTPase Lrg-47 (Irgm1), previously shown to play a critical role in host defense, inhibits baseline HSC proliferation and is required for a normal HSC response to chemical and infectious stimuli. Overproliferating Lrg-47(-/-) HSCs are severely impaired in functional repopulation assays, and when challenged with hematopoietic ablation by 5-fluorouracil or infection with Mycobacterium avium, Lrg-47(-/-) mice fail to achieve the expected expansion response in stem and progenitor cell populations. Our results establish a link between the response to infection and HSC activation and demonstrate a novel function for a member of the p47 GTPase family.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Feng, CG; Weksberg, DC; Taylor, GA; Sher, A; Goodell, MA

Published Date

  • January 10, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 83 - 89

PubMed ID

  • 18371424

Pubmed Central ID

  • 18371424

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1875-9777

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.stem.2007.10.007


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States