Affordable Access

The transcription factor ZEB2 is required to maintain the tissue-specific identities of macrophages

Authors
  • Scott, Charlotte
  • T'Jonck, Wouter
  • Martens, Liesbet
  • Todorov, Helena
  • Sichien, Dorine
  • Soen, Bieke
  • Bonnardel, Johnny
  • De Prijck, Sofie
  • Vandamme, Niels
  • Cannoodt, Robrecht
  • Saelens, Wouter
  • Vanneste, Bavo
  • Toussaint, Wendy
  • De Bleser, Pieter
  • Takahashi, Nozomi
  • Vandenabeele, Peter
  • Henri, Sandrine
  • Pridans, Clare
  • Hume, David A
  • Lambrecht, Bart
  • And 8 more
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2018
Source
Ghent University Institutional Archive
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown
External links

Abstract

Heterogeneity between different macrophage populations has become a defining feature of this lineage. However, the conserved factors defining macrophages remain largely unknown. The transcription factor ZEB2 is best described for its role in epithelial to mesenchymal transition; however, its role within the immune system is only now being elucidated. We show here that Zeb2 expression is a conserved feature of macrophages. Using Clec4f-cre, Itgax-cre, and Fcgr1-cre mice to target five different macrophage populations, we found that loss of ZEB2 resulted in macrophage disappearance from the tissues, coupled with their subsequent replenishment from bone-marrow precursors in open niches. Mechanistically, we found that ZEB2 functioned to maintain the tissue-specific identities of macrophages. In Kupffer cells, ZEB2 achieved this by regulating expression of the transcription factor LXR alpha, removal of which recapitulated the loss of Kupffer cell identity and disappearance. Thus, ZEB2 expression is required in macrophages to preserve their tissue-specific identities.

Report this publication

Statistics

Seen <100 times