The Nlrp3 inflammasome as a “rising star” in studies of normal and malignant hematopoiesis

Mariusz Z. Ratajczak, Kamila Bujko, Monika Cymer, Arjun Thapa, Mateusz Adamiak, Janina Ratajczak, Ahmed K. Abdel-Latif, Magda Kucia

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Recent investigations indicate that hematopoiesis is coregulated by innate immunity signals and by pathways characteristic of the activation of innate immunity cells that also operate in normal hematopoietic stem progenitor cells (HSPCs). This should not be surprising because of the common developmental origin of these cells from a hemato/lymphopoietic stem cell. An important integrating factor is the Nlrp3 inflammasome, which has emerged as a major sensor of changes in body microenvironments, cell activation, and cell metabolic activity. It is currently the best-studied member of the inflammasome family expressed in hematopoietic and lymphopoietic cells, including also HSPCs. It is proposed as playing a role in (i) the development and expansion of HSPCs, (ii) their release from bone marrow (BM) into peripheral blood (PB) in stress situations and during pharmacological mobilization, (iii) their homing to BM after transplantation, and (iv) their aging and the regulation of hematopoietic cell metabolism. The Nlrp3 inflammasome is also involved in certain hematological pathologies, including (i) myelodysplastic syndrome, (ii) myeloproliferative neoplasms, (iii) leukemia, and (iv) graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) after transplantation. The aim of this review is to shed more light on this intriguing intracellular protein complex that has become a “rising star” in studies focused on both normal steady-state and pathological hematopoiesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1512-1523
Number of pages12
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020

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Funding Information:
Acknowledgements This work was supported by NIH grants 2R01 DK074720, Stella and Henry Hoenig Endowment, OPUS grant UMO-2018/29/B/NZ4/01470 to MZR and OPUS grant 2016/21/B/NZ4/ 00201 to MK. AT was supported by NIH T32 HL134644 to MZR. AKA-L is supported by the University of Kentucky COBRE Early Career Program (P20 GM103527) and the NIH Grant R01 HL124266.

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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