Pluripotent stem cells (CFU-GEMM) give rise to multilineage hemopoietic colonies in culture. The cellular composition revealed that mixed colonies contain cells of different myeloid lineages and mononuclear cells with T-cell surface antigens. T lymphocytes of primary colonies and replated secondary clones from 5 patients with Hodgkin's lymphoma (stage I--II) were identified by their reaction with the monoclonal antibody OKT-8. Replated secondary clones do act functionally as cytotoxic cells using K562 as target cells. Evidence for a common progenitor of myeloid and lymphoid cells is provided by analysis of individual secondary colonies with the use of OKT-3, OKT-4, OKT-8, VIM- D5, and IgM + D antibodies for each individual clone. Primary mixed and replated secondary colonies revealed OKT-8-positive cells. No reaction with OKT-3, OKT-4, VIM-D 5, or IgM + D was observed. In mixed colonies grown from putative bone marrow transplant donors, only OKT-3-positive cells could be observed. Secondary replated colonies did not stain for OKT-8 and failed to lyse 51Cr-labeled K562 cells.

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