From this paper (link:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4130805/), I read "Thus G-CSF results in the expansion of phenotypic HSCs in the bone marrow with reduced repopulating activity and self-renewal capacity."
If expansion meant population-expansion, then would that not mean the same thing as repopulation? Likewise, self-renewal occurs through asymmetric cell-division in which a parent cell divides into two daughter cells; or it can occur through symmetric cell-division in which a parent cell divides into a progenitor cell and a daughter cell. In essence, both types of cell-division maintain or increases the population of stem cells; hence, "self-renew" or "expand". Clearly, I am missing something here with the terminologies. Please help! Lastly, I thought phenotype is a noun, then what does phenotypic even mean?