Interleukin-3-dependent hematopoietic stem cells commonly accumulate in spleens of mice infected with leukemia viruses. To study their origins, a molecularly tagged helper-free Friend spleen focus-forming virus was used to produce erythroleukemias. Uninfected interleukin-3-dependent basophil-mast cell progenitors coproliferated amidst the spleen focus-forming virus-infected leukemic cells. Splenic proliferation of normal stem cells is apparently a host response to leukemogenesis, and we propose that it may contribute to certain retroviral diseases.
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