CD133 allows elaborated discrimination and quantification of haematopoietic progenitor subsets in human haematopoietic stem cell transplants.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


British journal of haematology, Volume 169, Issue 6, p.868-78 (2015)


The success of haematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplantation largely depends on numbers of transplanted HSCs, which reside in the CD34(+) populations of bone marrow (BM), peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) and umbilical cord blood (UCB). More specifically HSCs reside in the CD38(low/-) subpopulation, which cannot be objectively discriminated from mature CD34(+)  CD38(+) progenitors. Thus, better marker combinations for the quantification of more primitive haematopoietic stem and progenitor cells in transplants are required. Recently, by combining CD34 and CD133 we could clearly distinguish CD133(+)  CD34(+) multipotent and lympho-myeloid from CD133(low)  CD34(+) erythro-myeloid progenitors in UCB samples. To qualify the assessment of CD133 for routine quality control of adult HSC sources, we analysed the developmental potentials of CD133(+) and CD133(low) subpopulations in BM and PBSC. Similar to UCB, CD133 expression objectively discriminated functionally distinct subpopulations in adult HSC sources. By implementing anti-CD45RA staining, which separates multipotent (CD133(+)  CD34(+)  CD45RA(-) ) from lympho-myeloid (CD133(+)  CD34(+)  CD45RA(+) ) progenitor fractions, UCB was found to contain 2-3 times higher multipotent progenitor frequencies than BM and PBSC. To test for the consistency of CD133 expression, we compared CD133(+)  CD34(+) contents of 128 UCB samples with maternal and obstetrical factors and obtained similar correlations to related studies focusing on CD34(+) cell contents. In conclusion, implementation of anti-CD133 staining into existing routine panels will improve the quality control analyses for HSC transplants.