Graca Almeida Porada

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Studies on pluripotent hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) have been hindered by lack of a positive marker, comparable to the CD34 marker of hematopoietic progenitor cells (HPCs). In human postnatal hematopoietic tissues, 0.1 to 0.5% of CD34(+) cells expressed vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 (VEGFR2, also known as KDR). Pluripotent HSCs were(More)
Three years ago we described a novel autocrine IL-3/G-CSF mechanism active in the leukemic CD34(+) cells from chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) patients in chronic phase (PNAS 96: 12804-12809, [1999]). We also showed that exposure of the most primitive CD34(+) cells from normal human bone marrow to excess IL-3 stimulates not only the division of these cells(More)
The naturally occurring stem cell migratory patterns, the availability of expanding homing and engraftment sites, and the presence of tissue/organ-specific signals in the developing mammalian fetus provide the ideal setting for stem cells to exhibit their full biological potential. These characteristics combined with the relative immunological naivete of(More)
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