Mesenchymal stem cells in pathogenesis of myelodysplastic syndromes
Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are clonal malignant stem cell disorders characterized by inefficient hematopoiesis. The role of the marrow microenvironment in the pathogenesis of the disease has been controversial. Emerging evidence indicated that mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) derived from MDS patients were cytogenetically abnormal, and they showed a deficient hematopoietic-supportive capacity and increased production of cytokine such as tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α), interleukin 6 (IL-6), interferon γ (IFN-γ). From the point of some evidence, the abnormal microenvironment seems to participate in the progression of the disease by contributing to the selective expansion of the malignant clone. In this review, we will discuss the most recent progress related to identification of normal MSC and the importance of the stem cell niche in development and maintenance of MDS.