ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-150502-2
Cannabinoid Receptor-2 Regulates Embryonic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Development via PGE2 and P-selectin Activity
Esain, V., Kwan, W., Carroll, K.J., Cortes, M., Liu, S.Y., Frechette, G.M., Sheward, L.M., Nissim, S., Goessling, W., North, T.E.
Date: 2015
Source: Stem Cells   33(8): 2596-612 (Journal)
Registered Authors: Goessling, Wolfram, Nissim, Sahar, North, Trista
Keywords: Hematopoietic stem cells, Cell migration, Cannabinoids, Prostaglandin E2, Zebrafish, Proliferation
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Dinoprostone/metabolism*
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cells/cytology
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cells/metabolism*
  • P-Selectin/metabolism*
  • Receptor, Cannabinoid, CB1/metabolism*
  • Receptor, Cannabinoid, CB2/metabolism*
  • Signal Transduction/physiology
  • Zebrafish/embryology*
  • Zebrafish Proteins/metabolism*
PubMed: 25931248 Full text @ Stem Cells
Cannabinoids (CB) modulate adult hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell (HSPCs) function, however, impact on the production, expansion or migration of embryonic HSCs is currently uncharacterized. Here, using chemical and genetic approaches targeting CB-signaling in zebrafish, we show that CB receptor (CNR) 2, but not CNR1, regulates embryonic HSC development. During HSC specification in the aorta-gonad-mesonephros (AGM) region, CNR2 stimulation by AM1241 increased runx1;cmyb(+) HSPCs, through heightened proliferation, whereas CNR2 antagonism decreased HSPC number; FACS analysis and absolute HSC counts confirmed and quantified these effects. Epistatic investigations showed AM1241 significantly up-regulated PGE2 synthesis in a Ptgs2-dependent manner to increase AGM HSCs. During the phases of HSC production and colonization of secondary niches, AM1241 accelerated migration to the caudal hematopoietic tissue (CHT), the site of embryonic HSC expansion, and the thymus; however these effects occurred independently of PGE2. Using a candidate approach for HSC migration and retention factors, P-selectin was identified as the functional target of CNR2 regulation. Epistatic analyses confirmed migration of HSCs into the CHT and thymus was dependent on CNR2-regulated P-selectin activity. Together, these data suggest CNR2-signaling optimizes the production, expansion and migration of embryonic HSCs by modulating multiple downstream signaling pathways. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.