Quantitative Analysis of Sympathetic and Nociceptive Innervation Across Bone Marrow Regions in Mice

Shinya Fujita, Takayuki Morikawa, Shinpei Tamaki, Maiko Sezaki, Hitoshi Takizawa, Shinichiro Okamoto, Keisuke Kataoka, Keiyo Takubo

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Abstract

Bone marrow (BM) innervation regulates the mobilization of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) from BM and stress hematopoiesis either by acting directly on HSPCs or by altering the niche function of mesenchymal and endothelial cells. However, the spatial distribution of BM innervation across bone regions is yet to be fully elucidated. Thus, we aimed to characterize the distribution of sympathetic and nociceptive nerves in each bone and BM region using three-dimensional quantitative microscopy. We discovered that sympathetic and nociceptive nerves were the major fibers throughout the BM. Compared with other femoral regions, central parts of the femoral BM were more densely innervated by both sympathetic and nociceptive nerves. Each region of the sternum was similarly innervated by sympathetic and nociceptive nerves. Further, the majority of sympathetic and nociceptive nerves in the BM ran parallel with arteries and arterioles, whereas the degree varied according to the bone type or BM region. In conclusion, this study provides spatial, topological, and functional information on BM innervation in a quantitative manner and illustrates that sympathetic and nociceptive nerves are two major components in BM innervation, mostly associated with arteries and arterioles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-59.e6
JournalExperimental Hematology
Volume112-113
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Aug 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Hematology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology
  • Cancer Research

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