CFU-GM (or "GMP", for "granulocyte-macrophage progenitor") is a colony forming unit. It is derived from CFU-GEMM.

Lineage. Captions in Polish, but "GMP" visible near bottom center.
Gives rise toMonoblasts and myeloblasts
LocationBone marrow
Functioncolony forming unit
Anatomical terms of microanatomy

The "GM" stands for "granulocyte, monocyte".[1]

It is the precursor for monoblasts and myeloblasts.

Production is stimulated by granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF).


There is some controversy over which granulocytes derive from CFU-GM.

  • There is little disagreement that neutrophils come from CFU-GM.
  • Some sources state that basophils also derive from CFU-GM, but that eosinophils come from "CFU-Eos".[2]
  • Other sources state that basophils do not derive from CFU-GM, but from a distinct CFU, titled "CFU-Baso".[3]

See also


  1. "Hem I WBC Morphology and Physiology". Archived from the original on December 25, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-30.
  2. Ganong, William F.; McPhee, Stephen J.; Lingappa, Vishwanath R. (2005). Pathophysiology of Disease: An Introduction to Clinical Medicine (Lange). McGraw-Hill Medical. p. 107. ISBN 0-07-144159-X.
  3. Rudolph, Colin David (2003). Rudolph's pediatrics. New York: McGraw-Hill, Medical Pub. Division. p. 1563. ISBN 0-8385-8285-0.
  • CFU-GM at the US National Library of Medicine Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)

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