Tissue sources of bone marrow colony stimulating factor

J. W. Sheridan, E. R. Stanley

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Possible tissue sources in C57BL mice of the serum factor stimulating colony formation in vitro by mouse bone marrow cells have been investigated. A reproducible technique employing batch chromatography on calcium phosphate gel was developed for the extraction and assay of material with colony stimulating activity from mouse tissues. Sixteen hematopoietic and non‐hematopoietic tissues from C57BL mice were found to vary widely in their content of extractable activity. Characterisation of the colony stimulating factors (CSF's) from these tissues by assay of stepped concentrations of eluate showed that CSF's from most tissues were similar in chromatographic behavior, but all differed significantly from those of serum in being both more disperse and more firmly bound to calcium phosphate gel. Male submaxillary salivary gland gave the richest yield of CSF. CSF from this source displayed a greater dispersity on and affinity to calcium phosphate, a lower electrophoretic mobility and a smaller average sedimentation coefficient than that from any other source investigated. Colony morphology appeared to be identical for all tissue sources investigated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)451-459
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Cellular Physiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1971
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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