Discordant expression of human Ia-like antigens on hematopoietic progenitor cells.J Immunol. 1984 May; 132(5):2324-9.JI
The expression of HLA-DR, SB, MT2, and DC antigens on human hematopoietic progenitor cells has been determined by using monoclonal antibodies with complement (C)-mediated cell lysis and immune separation techniques. HLA-DR was detected on greater than 85% of CFU-G/M, myeloid clones (MyCl), BFU-E, and CFU-E. CFU-E were less susceptible to C-mediated lysis at suboptimal C concentrations. The polymorphic MT2 and SB antigens were also present on all categories of progenitor cells, although a lesser proportion of cells were positive. Because in most individuals the antigen density of MT2 and SB, as determined by monoclonal antibody staining, was also lower on B cells and monocytes when compared to HLA-DR expression, the lower number of positive progenitor cells probably reflects lower antigen density rather than distinct positive and negative progenitor cell populations. The DC antigen is expressed weakly on monocytes and B cells, although there is considerable individual variation. In some individuals, distinct DC-positive and -negative monocyte populations are detectable. The DC antigen was not detected on myeloid progenitor cells, even in those individuals with moderate DC expression on their monocytes and B cells. This discordant expression of DC and other Ia-like antigens on hematopoietic progenitor cells may be of physiologic significance and may assist in the purification of progenitor cells from blood and marrow.