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Hematopoietic stem cells lacking Ott1 display aspects associated with aging and are unable to maintain quiescence during proliferative stress

  1. Nan Xiao1,
  2. Kaushal Jani1,
  3. Kelly Morgan2,
  4. Rachel Okabe2,
  5. Dana E. Cullen2,
  6. Jonathan L. Jesneck3, and
  7. Glen D. Raffel1
  1. 1Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA;
  2. 2Division of Hematology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; and
  3. 3Field Intelligence Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA


Aging degrades hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) functions, including stress response; however, the involved molecular pathways are incompletely defined. Murine BM conditionally deleted for One-Twenty-Two-1 (Ott1), is able to maintain lifelong hematopoiesis and has preserved numbers of long-term HSCs, yet cannot repopulate nor sustain itself after transplantation against a competitor even when Ott1 is excised after engraftment. We show, specifically under replicative stress, that Ott1-deleted HSCs have a significant reduction of the G0 cell-cycle fraction associated with self-renewal and undergo early failure. Therefore, Ott1 is required to preserve HSC quiescence during stress but not steady-state hematopoiesis. Reduced tolerance of replicative stress, increased myeloid potential, and greater absolute numbers are mutual characteristics of both Ott1-deleted and aged HSCs, and comparison of their gene expression profiles reveals a shared signature. Ott1-deleted HSCs share multiple aging-associated physiologic changes, including increases in NF-κB activation and DNA damage. Loss of Ott1 causes increased reactive oxygen species; however, antioxidant treatment does not rescue the competitive defect, indicating the existence of additional essential Ott1-dependent HSC pathways. In conclusion, our data establish a requirement for Ott1 in stress hematopoiesis and suggest that Ott1-dependent processes may converge with those affected by aging.

  • Submitted January 9, 2012.
  • Accepted March 25, 2012.
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