GATA1-Deficient Dendritic Cells Display Impaired CCL21-Dependent Migration toward Lymph Nodes Due to Reduced Levels of Polysialic Acid

MR Scheenstra, IM De Cuyper, F Branco-Madeira, P de Bleser, M Kool, M Meinders, M Hoogenboezem, E Mu, MC Wolkers, F Salerno, B Nota, Y Saeys, S Klarenbeek, Wilfred van Ijcken, H Hammad, Sjaak Philipsen, TK van den Berg, TW Kuijpers, Bart Lambrecht, L Gutierrez

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Abstract

Dendritic cells (DCs) play a pivotal role in the regulation of the immune response. DC development and activation is finely orchestrated through transcriptional programs. GATA1 transcription factor is required for murine DC development, and data suggest that it might be involved in the fine-tuning of the life span and function of activated DCs. We generated DC-specific Gatal knockout mice (Gatal-KODc), which presented a 20% reduction of splenic DCs, partially explained by enhanced apoptosis. RNA sequencing analysis revealed a number of deregulated genes involved in cell survival, migration, and function. DC migration toward peripheral lymph nodes was impaired in Gatal-KODc mice. Migration assays performed in vitro showed that this defect was selective for CCL21, but not CCL19. Interestingly, we show that Gatal-KODc DCs have reduced polysialic acid levels on their surface, which is a known determinant for the proper migration of DCs toward CCL21.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4312-4324
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Immunology
Volume197
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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