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摘要 : 美国哈佛医学院等处的研究人员建立一个基于双光子显微镜的方法发现,骨髓中一个令人惊讶的氧分布,这项研究帮助研究人员更好地了解干细胞的微环境。相关文章发表于2014年3月2日的《Nature》杂志上。


现在,Charles Lin及同事建立一个基于双光子显微镜的方法,来测定活动物骨髓中的绝对局部氧压(pO2)。采用这一方法,他们发现:虽然血管密度在整个骨髓中是高的,但整体氧合(oxygenation)水平却非常低,局部pO2就血管类型和位置而言有所不同。例如,出人意料的是,骨内膜区域并不是pO2最低的区域。



Direct measurement of local oxygen concentration in the bone marrow of live animals

Joel A. Spencer, Francesca Ferraro, Emmanuel Roussakis, Alyssa Klein, Juwell Wu, Judith M. Runnels, Walid Zaher, Luke J. Mortensen, Clemens Alt, Raphaël Turcotte, Rushdia Yusuf, Daniel Côté, Sergei A. Vinogradov, David T. Scadden & Charles P. Lin

Characterization of how the microenvironment, or niche, regulates stem cell activity is central to understanding stem cell biology and to developing strategies for the therapeutic manipulation of stem cells1. Low oxygen tension (hypoxia) is commonly thought to be a shared niche characteristic in maintaining quiescence in multiple stem cell types. However, support for the existence of a hypoxic niche has largely come from indirect evidence such as proteomic analysis, expressi0n of hypoxia inducible factor-1α (Hif-1α) and related genes, and staining with surrogate hypoxic markers (for example, pimonidazole). Here we perform direct in vivo measurements of local oxygen tension (pO2) in the bone marrow of live mice. Using two-photon phosphorescence lifetime microscopy, we determined the absolute pO2 of the bone marrow to be quite low (<32 mm Hg) despite very high vascular density. We further uncovered heterogeneities in local pO2, with the lowest pO2 (~9.9 mm Hg, or 1.3%) found in deeper peri-sinusoidal regions. The endosteal region, by contrast, is less hypoxic as it is perfused with small arteries that are often positive for the marker nestin. These pO2 values change markedly after radiation and chemotherapy, pointing to the role of stress in altering the stem cell me-tabolic microenvironment.

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