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914 Hematopoietic Jagged1 Is Required for the Transition of Hematopoietic Stem Cells from the Fetal Liver to the Adult Bone Marrow Niche

Program: Oral and Poster Abstracts
Session: 501. Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Biology: Poster I
Hematology Disease Topics & Pathways:
HSCs, Cell Lineage
Saturday, December 5, 2020, 7:00 AM-3:30 PM

Lijian Shao, MD, PhD1*, Na Yoon Paik2* and Kostandin V. Pajcini, PhD3

1Department of Pharmacology, University of Illinois At Chicago, Chicago, IL
2Department of Pharmacology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
3Pharmacology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Notch signaling is known to play important roles in hematopoietic development and differentiation. Notch1 is required for emergence of the definitive hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) from the hemogenic endothelium, and we have previously shown that Notch signaling is essential for survival and function of HSCs in the fetal liver. Activation of canonical Notch signaling requires direct cellular contact; thus, the identity of the ligand and the ligand-presenting cell during hematopoietic development would provide valuable information of the Notch signaling mechanism in HSCs as well as the identity of key niche cells that drive the expansion and cell fate decisions of embryonic HSCs. In the present study, we have taken a comprehensive approach to determine the ligands and cells that initiate Notch signaling in the mouse fetal liver. To this end, we have performed single-cell PCR analysis for all Notch signaling proteins in E14.5 fetal HSCs and compared the findings to the adult bone marrow HSCs. We also have analyzed fetal liver endothelial cells for surface expression of all Notch ligands. We determined that Jagged1 (Jag1) is highly expressed in both endothelial cells as well as in fetal HSCs but not adult HSCs. We have performed conditional loss-of-function analysis of Jag1 in fetal endothelial cells using inducible Ve-cadherinCreERT2 as well as in fetal hematopoietic lineages using constitutive VavCre. Our results indicate that while loss of endothelial Jag1 has severe effects in embryonic vascular development, loss of hematopoietic Jag1 allows for normal fetal morphology, yet severely impedes the functional ability of fetal liver HSCs to expand and differentiate both in vitro and in vivo. Fetal to adult transplantation of VavCre+Jag1f/f HSCs indicated a defect in reconstitution potential of fetal HSCs that lack Jag1 expression. Our findings indicate that hematopoietic Jag1 is essential for maturation of HSCs in the fetal liver and for homing and reconstitution potential of HSCs into the post-natal bone marrow microenvironment.

Disclosures: No relevant conflicts of interest to declare.

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