Cultured mouse marrow cell lines: Interactions between fibroblastoid cells and monocytes

Dov Zipori, Aharon Friedman, Merana Tamir, David Silverberg, Zvi Malik

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Continuous cell lines were derived from primary cultures of adherent bone marrow cells from SJL/J, BALB/c, C3H/eb, RF, and nude‐ICR mice. All these lines readily assumed a pure fibroblastoid appearance with the exception of the BALB/c line (MBA‐14), which retained both fibroblastoid and monocytoid cells. This particular line could promote the proliferation of myeloid progenitors (CFU‐C) in short‐term bone‐marrow cultures. The two cell types that composed the MBA‐14 cell line were successfully isolated and grown separately; the monocytes as the 14M and 14M1 cell lines and the fibroblastoid cells as the 14F clones. The latter were found to be preadipocytes and accumulated fat in the absence of added hydrocortisone, in medium supplemented with fetal calf serum. Growth of the monocyte lines (14M and 14M1) was dependent upon the mononuclear phagocyte stimulator CSF‐1. In the parent MBA‐14 cell line the growth of monocytes seemed to depend upon stimulating factor(s) produced by the fibroblastoid cells. The 14M1 monocytes were able to process and degrade antigen as efficiently as primary macrophages. Furthermore, processed antigen produced by 14M1 cells evoked proliferative response by antigen‐primed lymph‐node cells. In addition to these immunological functions the 14M1 cells were capable of modulating the colony‐stimulating activity and degree of adipogenesis exhibited by the fibroblastoid cells. These interactions between monocytes and fibroblastoid cells may constitute part of the mechanism controlling the activity of the hematopoietic microenvironment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-152
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Cellular Physiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1984


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