Direct role of FLT3 in regulation of early lymphoid progenitors.
Zriwil A., Böiers C., Kristiansen TA., Wittmann L., Yuan J., Nerlov C., Sitnicka E., Jacobsen SEW.
Given that FLT3 expression is highly restricted on lymphoid progenitors, it is possible that the established role of FLT3 in the regulation of B and T lymphopoiesis reflects its high expression and role in regulation of lymphoid-primed multipotent progenitors (LMPPs) or common lymphoid progenitors (CLPs). We generated a Flt3 conditional knock-out (Flt3fl/fl) mouse model to address the direct role of FLT3 in regulation of lymphoid-restricted progenitors, subsequent to turning on Rag1 expression, as well as potentially ontogeny-specific roles in B and T lymphopoiesis. Our studies establish a prominent and direct role of FLT3, independently of the established role of FLT3 in regulation of LMPPs and CLPs, in regulation of fetal as well as adult early B cell progenitors, and the early thymic progenitors (ETPs) in adult mice but not in the fetus. Our findings highlight the potential benefit of targeting poor prognosis acute B-cell progenitor leukaemia and ETP leukaemia with recurrent FLT3 mutations using clinical FLT3 inhibitors.