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Transcriptional characterization of human megakaryocyte polyploidization and lineage commitment

Choudry, FA; Bagger, FO; Macaulay, IC; Farrow, S; Burden, F; Kempster, C; McKinney, H; ... Frontini, M; + view all (2021) Transcriptional characterization of human megakaryocyte polyploidization and lineage commitment. Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis , 19 (5) pp. 1236-1249. 10.1111/jth.15271. Green open access

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Megakaryocytes (MKs) originate from cells immuno-phenotypically indistinguishable from hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), bypassing intermediate progenitors. They mature within the adult bone marrow and release platelets into the circulation. Until now, there have been no transcriptional studies of primary human bone marrow MKs. OBJECTIVES: To characterize MKs and HSCs from human bone marrow using single-cell RNA sequencing, to investigate MK lineage commitment, maturation steps, and thrombopoiesis. RESULTS: We show that MKs at different levels of polyploidization exhibit distinct transcriptional states. Although high levels of platelet-specific gene expression occur in the lower ploidy classes, as polyploidization increases, gene expression is redirected toward translation and posttranslational processing transcriptional programs, in preparation for thrombopoiesis. Our findings are in keeping with studies of MK ultrastructure and supersede evidence generated using in vitro cultured MKs. Additionally, by analyzing transcriptional signatures of a single HSC, we identify two MK-biased HSC subpopulations exhibiting unique differentiation kinetics. We show that human bone marrow MKs originate from these HSC subpopulations, supporting the notion that they display priming for MK differentiation. Finally, to investigate transcriptional changes in MKs associated with stress thrombopoiesis, we analyzed bone marrow MKs from individuals with recent myocardial infarction and found a specific gene expression signature. Our data support the modulation of MK differentiation in this thrombotic state. CONCLUSIONS: Here, we use single-cell sequencing for the first time to characterize the human bone marrow MK transcriptome at different levels of polyploidization and investigate their differentiation from the HSC.

Type: Article
Title: Transcriptional characterization of human megakaryocyte polyploidization and lineage commitment
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/jth.15271
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/jth.15271
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 The Authors. Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: hematopoietic stem cells, megakaryocytes, platelets, single cell RNA-seq, thrombosis, Blood Platelets, Bone Marrow, Cell Differentiation, Humans, Megakaryocytes, Thrombopoiesis
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine > Experimental and Translational Medicine
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10138442
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