Author(s): Miles C, Sanchez MJ, Sinclair A, Dzierzak E
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Abstract The mouse hematopoietic marker Sca-1, encoded by the Ly-6E.1 and Ly-6A.2 genes, has been instrumental in the enrichment and characterization of the stem cell for the adult blood system. In the studies reported here, we use Ly-6E.1 genomic fragments to direct expression of a lacZ marker transgene in vivo to study Ly-6E.1 specific regulatory elements in the hematopoietic stem cell and to localize these cells in the developing mouse embryo. We demonstrate that a region approximately 9 kb downstream from the transcriptional start site is required for the distinct, restricted expression pattern of the Ly-6E.1-lacZ transgene within adult hematopoietic stem cells and embryos. We also demonstrate that viable and functional lacZ-expressing hematopoietic stem cells can be enriched by FDG staining and flow cytometric sorting. The Ly-6E.1-lacZ-mediated enrichment of hematopoietic stem cells from adult transgenic bone marrow in combination with the temporal expression pattern of the transgene in the pro/mesonephros suggest an intraembryonic site of development for these cells in the mouse.
This article was published in Development
and referenced in Journal of Stem Cell Research & Therapy