Blood 2010 Apr 8;115(13):2601-9. Epub 2009 Dec 8.
Department for Clinical and Experimental Sciences, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
To investigate molecular events involved in the regulation of lymphoid lineage commitment, we crossed lambda5 reporter transgenic mice to Rag1-GFP knockin mice. This allowed us to subfractionate common lymphoid progenitors and pre-pro-B (fraction A) cells into lambda5(-)Rag1(low), lambda5(-)Rag1(high), and lambda5(+)Rag1(high) cells. Clonal in vitro differentiation analysis demonstrated that Rag1(low) cells gave rise to B/T and NK cells. Rag1(high) cells displayed reduced NK-cell potential with preserved capacity to generate B- and T-lineage cells, whereas the lambda5(+) cells were B-lineage restricted. Ebf1 and Pax5 expression was largely confined to the Rag1(high) populations. These cells also expressed a higher level of the surface protein LY6D, providing an additional tool for the analysis of early lymphoid development. These data suggest that the classic common lymphoid progenitor compartment composes a mixture of cells with relatively restricted lineage potentials, thus opening new possibilities to investigate early hematopoiesis.