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Hemopoiesis Dr. Sana D. Jalal M.B.Ch.B/F.I.B.M.S.Path Pathology Dept/ Sulaimani School of Medicine /University of Sulaimani.

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1 Hemopoiesis Dr. Sana D. Jalal M.B.Ch.B/F.I.B.M.S.Path Pathology Dept/ Sulaimani School of Medicine /University of Sulaimani

2 Haematology: is the study of the blood and its diseases Blood : is a suspension of non-dividing end- stage cells of three types namely, red cells (erythrocytes), White cells (leucocytes) and platelets (thrombocytes). The suspending fluid is the Plasma.


4 Function of Blood Delivery of substances needed for cellular metabolism. Removal of waste. Defense against microorganisms & injury. Maintenance of acid base balance.

5 Hemopoietic System Hemopoiesis is the process of production of all blood cells. Hemopoietic System is comprised of two major cell lines : Myeloid Lymphoid


7 Simplified chart of hemopoeisis from Stem cell to end stage cells Pluripotential Stem cells Multipotential Stem cells Lymphoid Stem cells Lymph nodes B or T Lymphocytes Erythroid precursors Myeloid Myeloid precursors Precursors for megak for megak. Stem cell COMMITMENT Precursors Proerythro blasts RBC Myelo blasts Neutro phil Megak- aryocyte Platelets End stage cells Courtesy of Professor Nasir Allawi




11 The Concept of STEM CELLS Stem cells are cells from which all Hemopoietic elements originate. They are characterized by their ability of Self-renewal & Differentiation. Stem cells require for their proliferation and differentiation : - Certain regulatory factors (Hemopoietic Growth Factors). - Suitable microenvironment, provided by the marrow space. Stem cells Precursors End-stage cells

12 Myeloid Hemopoietic System The earliest evidence of myelopoiesis ( mesoblastic phase) occur in the yolk sac of the embryo. In this stage the hemopoietic system consists primarily of mesenchymal derived primitive erythroblast. The hepatic phase begins in the second month of fetal life. ( megakaryocytes and granulocytes appears in the sinusoids of liver) At wks gestation, the liver is the principle site of hemopoiesis till approximately 24 wks. Bone marrow function starts from the 4 th – 5 th months of gestation and is the major site of Hemopoiesis till birth.

13 Myeloid Hemopoietic System Myeloid hemopoietic system in normal individual in the first yr. of postnatal life is in both axial and radial skeleton. Thereafter, there is a gradual regression of the hemopoiesis in the long bones until about the age of 15, when the flat bones of the central skeleton ( (pelvis, vertebral column, cranium, ribs,sternum), and epiphysis of long proximal bones are the exclusive sites of hemopoiesis. The BM in postnatal life comprises about 3.5%-6% of total body weight and in aggregate mass approximates the size of liver.

14 Structure of Bone Marrow Bone Marrow Consist of Hemopoietic tissue, adipose tissue and stroma. The stroma consist of delicate framework of connective tissue. The vascular supply is derived from the nutrient artery which ramify through the marrow space. The arterioles of the nutrient artery branch into capillaries which are continuous within a system of thin walled of sinusoids. The adventitial reticular cells synthesize the extravascular collagen and adhesive protein.


16 Earlyintermediatelate Proerythoblast Erythroblasts or normoblasts Reticulocyte Mature RBC Proerythoblast Normoblasts Intermediate Late Red Cell precursors (in marrow) Microscopical Features: Reduction in the cell size. Loss of nucleoli. Clumping of nuclear chromatin. Hemoglobinization of the cytoplasm. Loss of nuclei.

17 Stages of Maturation of the Granulocytic Series In the bone marrow Bone marrow Blood Microscopical Features: Reduction in the cell size. Loss of nucleoli. Granulation of cytoplasm ( primary and secondary). Nuclear segmentation.

18 Neutrophils

19 Blood leucocyte morphology

20 Leucocytes in Blood Leucocyte counts range in a normal adult between 4-10 x 10 9 /L. Normally majority of the cells seen are neutrophils, followed by lymphocytes, monocytes, eosinophils and basophils. Determination of the proportion of various leucocyte types in the blood is called Differential leucocyte count.

21 Terms used to denote changes in leucocytes numbers: Leucocytosis : increased no. of leucocytes above 10.0 x 10 9 /L. Leucopenia : Reduced total leucocyte count below 4.0 x 10 9 /L.

22 Megakaryocyte : the precursor of Platelets in the marrow Microscopical Features: Increased cell size. Lobulation of the nuclei. Cytoplasmic granulation.

23 Platelets in blood Platelets count normally ranges between 150 to 450 x 10 9 /L. Increased Platelets above 450 is called thrombocytosis. Reduced Platelets below 150 is called thrombocytopenia.

24 Life span of blood cells in peripheral circulation Life span of :Life span of : - Red cells : 120 days. - Granulocytes : ~ 1day. - Platelets : 7-10 days.

25 Normal Blood Film

26 Bone marrow examination In certain conditions a bone marrow examination is required for diagnosis or follow-up of patients. There are two types of marrow procedures : 1. Bone marrow aspirate : done from iliac crest or sternum, in which a specimen is aspirated using a wide bore needle from the active marrow, smeared, stained and then examined for any abnormalities. 2. Bone marrow biopsy : here a core of bone marrow tissue is taken, and processed and stained as in histopathological specimens (H&E stain)

27 Bone marrow sets Biopsy Set Aspirate Set

28 Common sites for Bone marrow procedures in adults x x Manubrium Sternii Post. Superior Iliac spine Best

29 Bone marrow aspiration Fragment Trail Higher magnification of trail. Bone marrow aspirate smear

30 Bone Marrow Biopsy Bone marrow biopsy slide-core of BM Bone marrow section stained with H&E stain

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