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2 Normal Hemopoiesis Ahmad Sh. Silmi Msc Haematology, FIBMS

3 Lifespan and production of blood cells Cell type Approximate lifespan Production rate cells/day Production rate cells/sec Production rate Kg/year Red Cells 100 days2 x million7.3 Neutrophils t½ 6 hours3 x , Platelets 7 days1 x million4.6 Lymphocytest½ 10 days1 x , Annual total26.5 Kg

4 So our body is in a continuous dynamic and a very rapid cell turnover to be able to live. HOW ? It ’ s the Stem Cell !

5 HEMOPOIESIS: INTRO Hemo: Referring to blood cells Poiesis: “The development or production of” The word Hemopoiesis refers to the production & development of all the blood cells: Erythrocytes: Erythropoiesis Leucocytes: Leucopoiesis Thrombocytes: Thrombopoiesis.

6 HEMOPOIESIS Hemopoiesis depends on 3 important components:  the bone marrow stroma (Local control)  the hemopoietic stem and progenitor cells  the hemopoietic growth factors (Humoral control)

7 STEM CELL THEORY The dazzling array of all the blood cells are produced by the bone marrow. They all come from a single class of primitive mother cells called as: PLURIPOTENT STEM CELLS. These cells give rise to blood cells of: Myeloid series: Cells arising mainly from the bone marrow. Myeloid series: Cells arising mainly from the bone marrow. Lymphoid series: cells arising from lymphoid tissues. Lymphoid series: cells arising from lymphoid tissues.


9 STEM CELLS These cells have extensive proliferative capacity and also the: Ability to give rise to new stem cells (Self Renewal) Ability to give rise to new stem cells (Self Renewal) Ability to differentiate into any blood cells lines (Pluripotency) Ability to differentiate into any blood cells lines (Pluripotency) They grow and develop in the bone marrow. The bone marrow & spleen form a supporting system, called the “hemopoietic microenvironment” “hemopoietic microenvironment”

10 STEM CELLS: Types Pluripotent Stem cells: Has a diameter of 18 – 23 μ. Has a diameter of 18 – 23 μ. Giving rise to: both Myeloid and Lymphoid series of cells Giving rise to: both Myeloid and Lymphoid series of cells Capable of extensive self-renewal. Capable of extensive self-renewal. Myeloid Stem cells: Generate myeloid cells: Erythrocytes Erythrocytes Granulocytes: PMNs, Eosinophils & Basophils. Granulocytes: PMNs, Eosinophils & Basophils. Thrombocytes. Thrombocytes. Lymphoid Stem cells: Giving rise only to: Lymphocytes: T type mainly. Lymphocytes: T type mainly.


12 Self renewal of stem cells Symmetric cell divisionAsymmetric cell division Stem cells divide asymmetrically Non-stem cells divide symmetrically

13 Rules of Normal Cell Proliferation Stem cells self renew--immortal non-stem cells have finite life span

14 But also when it is required : Stem cells divide symmetrically to restore stem cell quantity Stem cells symmetric cell division




18 Properties of stem cells 1.Self renewalSelf renewal 2. Hierarchy Hierarchy 3.Extensive proliferative capacity 4.Cell cycle status Cell cycle status 5.Surface Markers Surface Markers 6.Interact with microenvironment Interact with microenvironment

19 Stem Cell Hierarchy

20 Stem Cell Progression Is Associated By Changes In: - Specific cell markers - Receptors - Adhesion molecules - Chromatin openness - Access to epigenetic transcription factors and loss of proliferative potential.

21 SITES OF HEMOPOIESIS Yolk sac Yolk sac Liver and spleen Liver and spleen Bone marrow Bone marrow –Gradual replacement of active (red) marrow by inactive (fatty) tissue –Expansion can occur during increased need for cell production

22 SITES OF HEMOPOIESIS Active Hemopoietic marrow is found, in children throughout the: Axial skeleton: Cranium Ribs. Sternum Vertebrae Pelvis Appendicular skeleton: Bones of the Upper & Lower limbs In Adults active hemopoietic marrow is found only in: The axial skeleton The proximal ends of the appendicular skeleton.

23 Sites of Hemopoiesis Hemopoiesis starts as early as yolk sac development. 2-3 weeks after fertilization 3 layers are developed (ecto, meso, and endoderm) Hemoangioblast which is derived from the mesoderm Hemoangioblast Endothelial stem cell Will develop to Blood vessels Hemopoietic stem cell will develop to Blood cells

24 In the embryo  2 week old embryo, hematopoiesis begins in yolk sac. THE 1 ST CELL TO BE PRODUCED IS erythrocytes  By 2 month old fetus, granulocyte and megakaryocyte production.  4th month, lymphocytes production.  5th month, monocytes produced.

25 CONTINUED ….. In the 3 rd to 7 th month of fetal life Hemopoietic stem cells will migrate to the liver and spleen, where hemopoiesis starts there and hemopoiesis is still mainly erythropoietic in nature, with minimal granulopoiesis

26 The bone marrow (BM) The stem cells then migrate to the bone marrow (BM) where hemopoiesis starts and continue all over the life. In the bone marrow all types of blood cells are formed which include: RBCS Granulocytes: Neutrophils, Eosinophils, Basophils Lymphocytes Monocytes and macrophages Platelets

27 Extramedullary Hemopoiesis When required, yellow marrow can be replaced by red marrow. Liver & spleen can aslo resumed. This will multiply the production by 6. Remark that Hemopoiesis within the marrow is called intramedullary or medullary hemopoiesis

28 Stages in haemopoietic cell development

29 Cell hierarchy (Haemopoiesis schematic representation)


31 Hematopoietic Inductive Microenvironment

32 Why hemopoietic cells reside in the bone marrow The stromal matrix plays an important role in presenting growth factors and nutrients to developing blood cells. The most immature cells have receptors which bind them to proteoglycan molecules on the matrix and to receptors on the stromal cells (i.e. macrophages, fibroblasts, fat cells and endothelial cells) There are lineage specific regions ( "niches" ) which provide the molecular basis for homing of transplanted stem cells. The unique supportive microenvironment stem cell niche - regulates proliferation and differentiation - supports survival and inhibits apoptosis Similar principles apply to malignant stem cells in myeloid leukemias The sinusoids are lined with specialized endothelial cells which play an important role by producing factors which regulate growth and differentiation.

33 Interaction of stromal cells, growth factors and haemopoietic cells

34 Stromal Cells of BM Endothelial cells Fat cells Fibroblasts Lymphocytes Macrophage

35 Haemopoietic growth factors

36 The haemopoeitic growth factors are glycoprotein hormones that regulate the proliferation and differentiation of haemopoietic progenitor cells and the function of mature blood cells. T lymphocytes, monocytes, marcrophages and stromal cells are the major sources of growth factors except for erythropoietin, 90% of which is synthesized in the kidney and thrombopoietin, made largely in liver.

37 Haemopoietic growth factors Overview Regulate growth and differentiation - a family of glycoproteins with clinical utility - with different specificities - with different origins - bind to cognate receptors on progenitor cells - act locally or at a distance - regulate proliferation and differentiation - prevent apoptosis - enhance function of some end stage cells eg. GM-CSF enhances PMN function....,clinical utilityspecificitiesapoptosis Adhesion molecules /integrins

38 Haemopoietic growth factors GM-CSF  Granulocyte-Macrophage colony stimulating factor M-CSF  Macrophage colony stimulating factor Erythropoietin  Erythropoiesis stimulating hormone (These factors have the capacity to stimulate the proliferation of their target progenitor cells when used as a sole source of stimulation) Thrombopoietin  Stimulates megakaryopoiesis

39 Haemopoietic growth factors Cytokines  IL 1 (Interleukin 1)  IL 3  IL 4  IL 5  IL 6  IL 9  IL 11  TGF- β  SCF (Stem cell factor, also known as kit-ligand) Cytokines have no (e.g IL-1) or little (SCF) capacity to stimulate cell proliferation on their own, but are able to synergise with other cytokines to recruit nine cells into proliferation

40 Role of growth factors in normal haemopoiesis



43 Order of blood cell formation 1:STEM CELLS 2: Progenitor cells may be mutli-potential, bi- potential or uni-potential 3: Precursor cells, or also called maturing cells 4: Terminally differentiated cells Mature cells

44 Precursor cells

45 Stem Cells  Stem Cells : undifferentiated cells that give rise to all of the bone marrow cells.  Only 0.5% of all marrow nucleated cells.  Multipotential precursors.  High self-renewal – give rise to daughter stem cells that are exact replicas of the parent cell.  Not morphologically distinguishable At any time, the majority of stem cells (95%) are out of the cell cycle (they are in G0 mode/phase, also called quiescent).  The current phenotype is: CD34+CD38-Lin-HLA- DR-Rh123Dull

46 Progenitor cells of the BM  Stem cells which undergo differentiation.  Limited self-renewal ability.  Multipotential but Gradually they become unilineage or committed progenitor cell.  ~3% of total nucleated hematopoietic cells of bone marrow

47 Progenitor cells of the BM  Form colonies of cells in semisolid media in vitro – described as colony forming units (CFU).  CFU-GEMM (granulocytic, erythrocytic, monocytic,megakaryocytic,CFU-GM,CFU-Mk, etc. )  Survival and differentiation of progenitor cells influenced by growth regulatory glycoproteins, called cytokines – include interleukins, colony stimulating factors

48 Stem cells & progenitor cells are not recognized morphologically but all look like small mononuclear lymphocytes Morphology of stem cells and progenitor cells

49 Maturing blood cells 1- Majority of cells (>95%) 2- lose adherence receptors, become deformable. 3- migrate through cytoplasm of lining endothelial cell to enter sinusoids. 4. Platelets are the exception. Megakaryocytes form part of the sinusoidal wall. They form long processes of proplatelets which fragment into nascent platelets.


51 Regulation of Haemopoiesis There should be a balance between cell production and cell death except at the times of requirement There should be a balance between cell production and cell death except at the times of requirement

52 Regulation of Haemopoiesis Local environmental control Stromal cell mediated Haemopoiesis Haemopoietic growth factors (Humoral regulation) Apoptosis

53 Regulation of Haemopoiesis  Immunoglobulin superfamily - Growth Factor Receptors (GFr) bind to cognate "ligand" to initiate signal transduction ( GF binds to extracellular domain of GFr, alters configuration of cytoplasmic domain, causes phosphorylation of a tyrosine kinase and initiates the signal that is ultimately transmitted to the nucleus.)  Selectins are involved in: a) inflammatory and immune responses b) platelet adhesion and activation  Integrins - control traffic and specific cell functions - adhere to matrix niches - release from marrow - homing of lymphocytes and stem cells etc.

54 Apoptosis important for homeostasis Hematopoietic cells are programmed to self destruct but can be rescued from apoptosis by: specific growth factors certain gene products specific antigen some viruses eg EBV

55 Mechanism of apoptosis

56 Apoptosis, Continue Defects in the apoptotic pathway are very important in causing diseases such as chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and in enhancing resistance to chemotherapy in malignancy. Induction of apoptosis is a therapeutic strategy in resistant CLL Inappropriate apoptosis is a disease mechanism in myelodysplasyic syndromes. Apoptosis is induced by chemotherapy, and resistance to chemotherapy is associated with blocked apoptosis.

57 Assessment of hemopoiesis Hemopoiesis can be assessed clinically by; 1- (FBC, CBC= complete blood count) on peripheral blood. 2- Bone marrow Aspiration also allows assessment of the later stages of maturation of hemopoietic cells. 3- Bone marrow Trephine Biopsy provides a core of bone and bone marrow to show architecture.

58 Bone marrow Aspiration

59 Bone marrow aspiration

60 Hypercellular Normocellular Hypocellular

61 The M:E ratio Myeloid to Erythroid ratio in the bone marrow Is called M:E ratio Normally it is 3-4:1

62 Normal Blood Cells


64 Stages in Red cell (erythroid) Maturation Proerythroblast Basophilic Polychromatic Orthochromic erythroblast erythroblast erythroblast (two examples)

65 ERYTHROID PROGENITOR CELLS BFU-E: Burst Forming Unit – Erythrocyte: Give rise each to thousands of nucleated erythroid precursor cells, in vitro. Give rise each to thousands of nucleated erythroid precursor cells, in vitro. Undergo some changes to become the Colony Forming Units-Erythrocyte (CFU-E) Undergo some changes to become the Colony Forming Units-Erythrocyte (CFU-E) Regulator: Burst Promoting Activity (BPA) Regulator: Burst Promoting Activity (BPA)

66 ERYTHROID PROGENITOR CELLS CFU-E: Colony Forming Unit- Erythrocyte: Well differentiated erythroid progenitor cell. Well differentiated erythroid progenitor cell. Present only in the Red Bone Marrow. Present only in the Red Bone Marrow. Can form upto 64 nucleated erythroid precursor cells. Can form upto 64 nucleated erythroid precursor cells. Regulator: Erythropoietin. Regulator: Erythropoietin. Both these Progenitor cells cannot be distinguished except by in vitro culture methods.

67 Normoblastic Precursors PROERYTHROBLAST: Large cell: 15 – 20 Microns in diameter. Large cell: 15 – 20 Microns in diameter. Cytoplasm is deep violet-blue staining Cytoplasm is deep violet-blue staining Has no Hemoglobin. Has no Hemoglobin. Large nucleus 12 Microns occupies 3/4 th of the cell volume. Large nucleus 12 Microns occupies 3/4 th of the cell volume. Nucleus has fine stippled reticulum & many nucleoli. Nucleus has fine stippled reticulum & many nucleoli.

68 Normoblastic Precursors EARLY NORMOBLAST:(BASOPHILIC NORMOBLAST) –Smaller in size. –Shows active Mitosis. –No nucleoli in the nucleus. –Fine chromatin network with few condensation nodes found. –Hemoglobin begins to form. –Cytoplasm still Basophilic.

69 Normoblastic Precursors INTERMEDIATE NORMOBLAST: (POLYCHROMATOPHILIC NORMOBLAST) –Has a diameter of 10 – 14 Microns. –Shows active Mitosis. –Increased Hemoglobin content in the cytoplasm –Cytoplasm is Polychromatophilic.

70 Normoblastic Precursors LATE NORMOBLAST: (ORTHOCHROMIC NORMOBLAST) –Diameter is 7 – 10 Microns. –Nucleus shrinks with condensed chromatin. –Appears like a “ Cartwheel ” –Cytoplasm has a Eosinophilic appearance.

71 RETICULOCYTE –The penultimate stage cell. –Has a fine network of reticulum like a heavy wreath or as clumps of dots –This is the remnant of the basophilic cytoplasm, comprising RNA. –In the Neonates, Count is 2 – 6/ –Falls to <1 in the first week of life. –Reticulocytosis is the first change seen in patients treated with Vit B 12


73 MATURE ERYTHROCYTE –Biconcave disc. –No nucleus. –About One-third filled with Hemoglobin.


75 Erythropoiesis  4 mitotic divisions between pronormoblast and orthochromic normoblast stage.  Thus giving rise 16 RBCs.  But not all of the 16 will be good RBCs, some are bad and will be destroyed, these destroyed cells is called ineffective erythropoiesis.  2 – 7 days for pronormoblast to mature into orthochromic normoblast  1 more day to extrude the nucleus from the orthochromic normoblast.  Reticulocyte further matures for 2 – 3 days in bone marrow before it is released into the peripheral blood.  Red cell has life span of 120 days in peripheral blood.

76 Phases of Erythropoiesis


78 ERYTHROPOIETIN A hormone produced by the Kidney. A circulating Glycoprotein Nowadays available as Synthetic Epoietin Acts mainly on CFU – E. Increases the number of: –Nucleated precursors in the marrow. –Reticulocytes & Mature Erythrocytes in the blood.

79 VITAMINS B 12 : Cyanocobalamine & Folic Acid: –Is also called Extrinsic Factor of Castle. –Needs the Intrinsic Factor from the Gastric juice for absorption from Small Intestine. –Deficiency causes Pernicious (When IF is missing) or Megaloblastic Anemia. –Stimulates Erythropoiesis –Is found in meat & diary products.

80 IRON Essential for the synthesis of Hemoglobin. Deficiency causes Microcytic, Hypochromic Anemia. The MCV, Color Index & MCH are low.

81 Regulation of Erythropoiesis CFU – E Proerythroblasts Mature Erythrocytes Tissue Oxygenation Factors decreasing: Hypovolemia Hypovolemia Anemia Anemia Poor blood flow Poor blood flow Pulmonary Disease Pulmonary Disease Decreases ERYTHROPOIETIN Stimulates An example of a Negative feed back mechanism

82 Erythropoietin (Epo) As its name suggests, EPO stimulates growth of Erythrocytes, and its function include:  Activates stem cells of bone marrow to differentiate into pronormoblasts.  Shortening cell cycle.  Decrease maturation time.  Increases rate of mitosis and maturation process.  Increases rate of hemoglobin production.  Causes increased rate of reticulocyte release into the peripheral blood, (normally the reticulocyte when it is released to the peripheral blood it need only one day to mature to RBC, but here they will be released prematurely into peripheral blood, thus they need more than one day to mature to mature RBC.  Prevent apoptosis.

83 EPO receptors  Found on surface on bone marrow erythroid progenitor and precursor cells.  The highest number of EPO receptors is seen on the CFU-E and the pronormoblasts.  The number of EPO receptors per cell gradually decreases during erythroid cell differentiation, and studies have shown that the reticulocyte and mature erythrocyte do not contain EPO receptors

84 EPO Receptor Divided into extracellular, transmembrane, and cytoplasmic domains. The cytoplasmic domain has terminal that contains both positive and negative growth-regulatory domains. After EPO binding, EPOR homodimarizes and JAK-2 phosphorylates itself, so EPOR and other proteins like STAT-5 initiate the cascade of proliferative signals.

85 Granulopoiesis N E B GranulocytesNeutrophilsEosinophilsBasophils Only mature cells are present in peripheral blood

86 Stages in Granulocyte Maturation Blast cell Promyelocyte Myelocyte Metamyelocyte Band cell Segmented Neutrophil

87 Neutrophil Maturation - Myeloblast Cells in the BM proliferation pool take hours for a single cell cycle Less than 1% of the normal BM compartment is composed of myeloblasts Large, um in size Delicate nucleus with prominent nucleoli Small amount of cytoplasm with rough endoplasmic reticulum, a developing Golgi apparatus and an increasing number of azurophilic granules

88 Neutrophil Maturation - Myeloblast Cytochemical staining shows presence of myeloperoxidase which is required for intracellular kills Killing function is the first to be operational in the neutrophil cell line Myeloblast is incapable of motility, adhesion and phagocytosis and is therefore nonfunctional

89 Neutrophil Maturation - Promyelocyte After a few days in the blast stage, the cell becomes a promyelocyte 1-5% of BM compartment composed of promyelocytes Size is variable and may exceed 20 um, so may be larger than myeloblast Nuclear chromatin may be delicate or may show slight clumping Nuceloli begin to fade

90 Stages in Granulocyte Maturation Blast cell Promyelocyte Myelocyte Metamyelocyte Band cell Segmented Neutrophil

91 Neutrophil Maturation - Myelocyte Production and accumulation of neutrophilic granules is characteristic of the myelocyte The myelocyte is the last cell of the BM compartment capable of mitosis Myelocytes demonstrate morphologic variability as this development stage lasts from 4-5 days and cause alterations in the staining characteristics of the cell

92 Neutrophil Maturation - Myelocyte Smaller in size than the promyelocyte (12-18 um) Less than 10% of BM compartment is made up of myelocytes Nucleus is round to oval with a flattened side near the now well-developed Golgi apparatus Nuclear chromatin shows clumping Nucleoli no longer visible

93 Stages in Granulocyte Maturation Blast cell Promyelocyte Myelocyte Metamyelocyte Band cell Segmented Neutrophil

94 Neutrophil Maturation - Myelocyte Secondary granules stain pink causing a “dawn of neutrophilia” or pink blush within the cytoplasm Compounds such as alkaline phosphatase begin to concentrate in the cell The cell acquires some motility

95 Granulopoiesis Notice change in granules color

96 Neutrophilic Maturation - Metamyelocyte % of BM compartment um in size Not seen in normal PB Not fully functional, part of the maturation component of the marrow

97 Neutrophilic Maturation - Band The band is a transitional form that exists in both the PB and the BM and considered part of both the maturation and storage pools Up to 40% of the WBCs of the BM are bands Represents the “ almost mature ” neutrophil having full motility, active adhesion properties, and some phagocytic ability

98 Neutrophilic Maturation - Band Band forms begin to produce tertiary granules Membrane maturity shows changes in cytoskeleton, surface charge and presence of receptors for complement Once entered into the PB, account for less than 6% of circulating WBCs um in size Found in marginating and circulating pools of the PB

99 Neutrophilic Maturation - PMN This cell ’ s nucleus continues to indent until thin strands of membrane and heterochromatin form into segments, hence it is also called a “ seg ” Polymorphonuclear means “ many-shaped nucleus ”, describing the varied nuclear shapes Cell is completely functional and spend time in the storage pool of the BM as well as marginating and circulating pools of the PB 50-70% of circulating WBCs of PB

100 Neutrophilic Maturation - PMN PMNs spend their life performing phagocytosis and pinocytosis Phagocytosis involves larger material and can be observed with light microscopy, pinocytosis involves small material (liquids) and is observed with EM Both of these function can be performed in the circulation of the blood stream or in the tissues

101 Neutrophil kinetics

102 Monocyte/Macrophage Maturation Monocyte/Macrophage cells mature from monoblast to promonocyte to blood monocyte to free and fixed macrophages, but the mechanism of commitment is not well understood. Granular content vary considerably with more than 50 secretory compounds having been identified. PB monocytes demonstrate morphologic variability Aggressive motility and adherence may distort the monocytes during PB smear preparation

103 Monocyte/Macrophage Maturation Monocyte nucleus is indented or curved with chromatin that is lacy with small clumps Typically the largest cell in the PB Cytoplasm is filled with minute granules that produce a cloudy appearance Cytoplasmic membrane may be irregular, pseudopods and phagocytic vacuoles may be evident

104 Monocyte/Macrophage Maturation

105 Lymphocytes The only human WBCs whose site of development is not just BM, but also tissues referred to as primary and secondary lymphoid organs In humans, the primary lymphoid organs are the thymus and bone marrow, the secondary organs include the spleen, Peyer ’ s patches of the GI tract, the Waldermyer ring of the tonsils and adenoids, the lymph nodes and modules scattered throughout the body

106 Lymphocytes Lymphocytes circulate throughout the body in both PB and lymph which act as carrier streams to bring the lymphocytes to sites of activity Lymphocytes migrate from thoracic duct through vessel endothelium to lymph nodes to blood stream and back. Lymphocytes are categorized in a variety of ways and may be short-lived or long-lived cells Lymphocytes may produce antibodies or lymphokines and have different surface charges, densities and antigen receptors.

107 Lymphocytes - Development The PSC results in a stem cell for the lymphoid cell (CFU-L) as a result of hormonal stimuli The CFU-L matures in several environments Thymus and BM give rise to lymphocytes, foster differentiation and are indepentendent of antigenic stimulation

108 Lymphocytes - Development Lymphocyte % in the PB varies, depending on age. Children under the age of 4 have a higher proportion of lymphocytes in the PB than do adults Lymphocytes are the second most common WBC of the PB making up 20-40% of WBCs % of circulating lymphocytes are B cells

109 Lymphocytes - Maturation Lymphoblast to prolymphocyte Lymphoblast is small, um Round to oval nucleus Loose chromatin with one or more active nucleoli Scanty cytoplasm Prolymphocyte difficult to distinguish, subtle changes, more clumped chromatin, lessening nucleolar priminence, change in thickness of the nuclear membrane

110 Lymphopoiesis

111 Thrombopoiesis Platelet play a major role in primary hemostasis Life span 7-10 days Production, fragmentation of cytoplasm Megakaryocytes undergoes endomitotic division 1/3 in spleen

112 The role of cytokines in Megakaryocytopoiesis

113 The effect of IL-1on target cells & Tissues

114 Summary Normal haemopoiesis is necessary for the survival It is under the control of multiple factors Normal bone marrow environment is necessary for normal haemopoiesis Decreased production results in cytopenias

115 Hematopoiesis Just notice general trends, Don’t memorize

116 Maturation Sequence Notice general trends, Don’t memorize

117 Monophyletic theory of cell formation


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