Lymphoid organ-resident dendritic cells exhibit unique transcriptional fingerprints based on subset and site

Kutlu G. Elpek, Angelique Bellemare-Pelletier, Deepali Malhotra, Erika D. Reynoso, Veronika Lukacs-Kornek, Rosemarie H. DeKruyff, Shannon J. Turley

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Lymphoid organ-resident DC subsets are thought to play unique roles in determining the fate of T cell responses. Recent studies focusing on a single lymphoid organ identified molecular pathways that are differentially operative in each DC subset and led to the assumption that a given DC subset would more or less exhibit the same genomic and functional profiles throughout the body. Whether the local milieu in different anatomical sites can also influence the transcriptome of DC subsets has remained largely unexplored. Here, we interrogated the transcriptional relationships between lymphoid organ-resident DC subsets from spleen, gut- and skin-draining lymph nodes, and thymus of C57BL/6 mice. For this purpose, major resident DC subsets including CD4 and CD8 DCs were sorted at high purity and gene expression profiles were compared using microarray analysis. This investigation revealed that lymphoid organ-resident DC subsets exhibit divergent genomic programs across lymphoid organs. Interestingly, we also found that transcriptional and biochemical properties of a given DC subset can differ between lymphoid organs for lymphoid organ-resident DC subsets, but not plasmacytoid DCs, suggesting that determinants of the tissue milieu program resident DCs for essential site-specific functions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere23921
JournalPloS one
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


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