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The crosstalk between hematopoietic stem cells and their niches

Durand, Charles; Charbord, Pierre; Jaffredo, Thierry

Current Opinion in Hematology: July 2018 - Volume 25 - Issue 4 - p 285–289
doi: 10.1097/MOH.0000000000000438
HEMATOPOIESIS: Edited by Hal E. Broxmeyer

Purpose of review Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) reside in specific microenvironments also called niches that regulate HSC functions. Understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in the crosstalk between HSCs and niche cells is a major issue in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. The purpose of this review is to discuss recent advances in this field with particular emphasis on the transcriptional landscape of HSC niche cells and the roles of extracellular vesicles (EVs) in the dialog between HSCs and their microenvironments.

Recent findings The development of high-throughput technologies combined with computational methods has considerably improved our knowledge on the molecular identity of HSC niche cells. Accumulating evidence strongly suggest that the dialog between HSCs and their niches is bidirectional and that EVs play an important role in this process.

Summary These advances bring a unique conceptual and methodological framework for understanding the molecular complexity of the HSC niche and identifying novel HSC regulators. They are also promising for exploring the reciprocal influence of HSCs on niche cells and delivering specific molecules to HSCs in regenerative medicine.

Sorbonne Université, Institut de Biologie Paris-Seine, CNRS UMR 7622, Inserm U1156, Laboratoire de Biologie du Développement, Paris, France

Correspondence to Charles Durand, Sorbonne Université, IBPS Laboratory of Developmental Biology, UMR CNRS 7622, Inserm U1156, 9, Quai Saint-Bernard, Bat C, 6eme etage, 75252 Paris Cedex 05, France. Tel: +33 1 44 27 22 84; fax: +33 1 44 27 34 97; e-mail:

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