The expression of galectin-3 (formerly known as IgE-binding protein or Mac-2) in rat bone marrow (BM) was investigated by FACS, immunocytochemical and immunoblot analysis. The functional significance of rat recombinant galectin-3 on mouse recombinant granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF)-driven proliferation of macrophage progenitors and gene transcription was further examined. Immunocytochemical analysis of in situ BM sections demonstrated galectin-3 in myelopoietic cells and surrounding stroma, whereas erythropoietic and lymphopoietic environments essentially lacked galectin-3 expression. FACS analysis demonstrated that incubation of freshly isolated BMC with lactose, a competing ligand for galectin-3 binding to glycoconjugates, decreased binding of antigalectin antibodies to cells primarily expressing the myeloid antigen recognized by mAb His-54. Similarly, lectin-mediated binding of exogenous galectin-3 to myeloid lineage cells was also demonstrated. Immunoblot analysis of BM eluates demonstrated galectin-3 both in the extracellular matrix and in a lactose elutable form, bound to the surface of BMC. [3H] Thymidine incorporation studies on BMC cultured in the presence of galectin-3 demonstrated suppression of GM-CSF-induced proliferation by galectin-3. In addition, differential display analysis of immediate early gene expression in BMC cultured in the presence of galectin-3 revealed a 76.2% inhibition of GM-CSF-induced gene transcription by galectin-3 assessed by the number of PCR-fragments generated. Our data suggest a role for galectin-3 in the organization of myelopoietic compartments in rat BM and regulation of the action of growth factors on myelopoietic precursor cells.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||13|
|State||Published - Jun 1997|
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