Inhibition of Immature Erythroid Progenitor Cell Proliferation by Macrophage Inflammatory Protein-1α by Interacting Mainly With a C-C Chemokine Receptor, CCR1

Shao-bo Su, Naofumi Mukaida, Jian-bin Wang, Yi Zhang, Akiyoshi Takami, Sinji Nakao and Kouji Matsushima


Several lines of evidence indicate that macrophage inflammatory protein-1α (MIP-1α) modulates the proliferation of hematopoietic progenitor cells, depending on their maturational stages. To clarify the mechanisms for the modulation of hematopoiesis by this chemokine, we examined the expression of a receptor for MIP-1α, CCR1, on bone marrow cells of normal individuals using a specific antibody and explored the effects of MIP-1α on in vitro erythropoiesis driven by stem cell factor (SCF) and erythropoietin (Epo). CCR1 was expressed on glycophorin A-positive erythroblasts in addition to lymphocytes and granulocytes. CCR1+ cells, isolated from bone marrow mononuclear cells (BMMNCs) using a cell sorter, comprised virtually all erythroid progenitor cells in the BMMNCs. Moreover, MIP-1α inhibited, in a dose-dependent manner, colony formation by burst-forming unit-erythroid (BFU-E), but not by colony forming unit-erythroid (CFU-E), in a methylcellulose culture of purified human CD34+ bone marrow cells. Although reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) showed the presence of CCR1, CCR4, and CCR5 transcripts in CD34+ cells in BM, anti-CCR1 antibodies significantly abrogated the inhibitory effects of MIP-1α on BFU-E formation both in a methylcellulose culture and in a single cell proliferation assay of purified CD34+ cells. Although the contribution of CCR4 or CCR5 cannot be completely excluded, these results suggest that MIP-1α–mediated suppression of the proliferation of immature, but not mature erythroid progenitor cells, is largely mediated by CCR1 expressed on these progenitor cells.

  • Submitted December 23, 1996.
  • Accepted March 5, 1997.
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