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Understanding the intrinsic pathways that regulate hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) proliferation and self-renewal responses to external signals offers a rational approach to developing improved strategies for HSC expansion for therapeutic applications. Such studies are also likely to reveal new targets for the treatment of human myeloid malignancies because(More)
Heterogeneity in cell populations poses a major obstacle to understanding complex biological processes. Here we present a microfluidic platform containing thousands of nanoliter-scale chambers suitable for live-cell imaging studies of clonal cultures of nonadherent cells with precise control of the conditions, capabilities for in situ immunostaining and(More)
Fetal hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) regenerate daughter HSCs in irradiated recipients more rapidly than do adult HSCs. However, both types of HSCs divide in vitro with the same cell-cycle transit times, suggesting different intrinsically determined self-renewal activities. To investigate the mechanism(s) underlying these differences, we compared fetal and(More)
Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) comprise a rare population of cells that can regenerate and maintain lifelong blood cell production. This functionality is achieved through their ability to undergo many divisions without activating a poised, but latent, capacity for differentiation into multiple blood cell types. Throughout life, HSCs undergo sequential(More)
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