Recent studies have suggested the existence of progenitors common to hematopoietic and endothelial cells, called hemangioblasts, in, for instance, embryonic dorsal aorta. To identify a membrane-bound or secretory molecule regulating early hematopoiesis, we screened a cDNA library from dorsal aortas of embryonic day (E) 10.5 mice by a signal sequence trap method and obtained a clone encoding a sialoprotein, endomucin-1. Immunohistochemistry revealed that the endomucin-1 transcript was specifically expressed in the endothelial cells of dorsal aorta of E10.5 mouse embryo. Overexpression of endomucin-1 strongly inhibited adhesion and aggregation of cells, including cultured endothelial cells from E10.5 dorsal aorta. These data suggest that endomucin-1 may play a role in detachment of hematopoietic cells from endothelium during early hematopoiesis.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 21 2001|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology