Deciphering the hematopoietic pathway at the single cell level

As part of our ongoing collaboration with the EU Life alliance, the Babraham Institute are proud to host Dr Leila Perie from the Institut Curie.

"Deciphering the hematopoietic pathway at the single cell level: results from cellular barcoding"


Cellular barcoding is a powerful experimental technique that simultaneously traces the in vivo differentiation of individual cells. Using cellular barcoding combined with mathematical modeling, we traced the progeny of hematopoietic progenitors and reconstituted the relationship between cell lineages with single cell resolution.
We have showed that individual lymphoid-primed multi-potent progenitors (LMPPs) are generally not multi-outcome; instead, they produce heterogeneous patterns of limited types of blood cells (Naik S, Perié L et al, Nature 2013). Interestingly, contrary to the already known lymphoid and myeloid origin of dendritic cells (DCs), we found that many LMPPs produce several types of DCs without producing any lymphoid and myeloid cells. We then developed a new mathematical framework to infer the nature of the hematopoietic tree and proposed a revised mod (Perié L et al, Cell Reports, 2014).
More recently, we have shown that the common Myeloid Progenitors (CMP) are made up of distinct subpopulations that either yield erythrocytes or myeloid cells (Perié L et al, submitted). Furthermore, based on the labeling of earlier progenitors, we have demontrated that the divergence between the myeloid and erythroid lineage develops within multipotent progenitors (MPP). Collectively, our data provide evidence for a model in which multiple combinations of lineage commitments (e.g. erythroid-myeloid, myelo-lymphoid) occur during the transition of the MPP stage of hematopoietic development. The observation of substantial transcriptional heterogeneity within the CMP pool fits well with this model. Understanding how the interplay between these heterogeneous commitments occurs dynamically in MPPs will be an important future challenge.

Together, these results underscore the value of high-throughput analysis of single cell output in deciphering the hematopoietic pathway.


       Image removed.      EU Life and the Babraham Institute      Image removed. 

EU-LIFE is an alliance of European life science research centers that have joined forces to support, collaborate and strengthen scientific research in Europe, working together to achieve advancement and further understanding in Life Sciences.

The growing consortium currently consists of 13 partner Institutes and over 7,000 scientific staff with the Babraham Institute, currently the only UK representative, joining in 2013.

As part of the collaboration, the Babraham Institute are now proud to host a series of lectures to highlight and support the latest research from fellow members.


If you would like to attend one of our EU Life Lectures, please use the "Contact Us" link below to express interest and arrange site access.

Event Time & Dates


Event Details

Dr Nicolas Le Novère
The Brian Heap Seminar Room