Heme oxygenase-1 expression in murine dendritic cell subpopulations: Effect on CD8+ dendritic cell differentiation in vivo

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  • Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is a microsomal enzyme with antioxidant, antiapoptotic, and immunoregulatory functions. We studied the expression of HO-1 by bone marrow-derived dendritic cells (BMDCs) and splenic DC subpopulations under quiescent conditions or following lipopolysaccharide (LPS) stimulation. The kinetics of HO-1 expression by BMDCs depended on the conditions under which they were propagated. Expression of HO-1 in mouse BMDCs in 100 U/ml GM-CSF peaked at 16 hours after LPS treatment and maintained expression for at least 48 hours. But cultures in 800 U/ml granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) showed peak expression by 16 hours that disappeared by 48 hours after LPS stimulation, similar to BMDCs cultured in both 100 U/ml GM-CSF and IL-4 (10 ng/ml). By flow cytometry, a large proportion of CD8 splenic DCs strongly expressed HO-1, and this population significantly increased following LPS administration in vivo. In HO-1 mice, the proportion of splenic CD8 DCs was significantly decreased in comparison with HO-1 mice. In addition, a unique subpopulation of MHC II CD11b CD11c cells was prominent in HO-1 spleens. Injection of GFP-labeled HO-1 splenic DC precursors into HO-1 mice resulted in the generation of GFP CD8 DCs in the spleen after 5 days, but GFP CD8 DCs failed to appear in HO-1 spleens. Conversely, GFP HO-1 splenic cells also generated GFP CD8 DCs in HO-1 mice. These results show that HO-1 is involved in splenic DC differentiation, and/or the homing of CD8 splenic DC precursors appears to be dependent on HO-1 expression by the host. Copyright © American Society for Investigative Pathology. + -/- + +/+ - + + -/- +/+ +/+ + + + + -/- + +/+ + + +/+ +
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  • Park DJ; Agarwal A; George JF
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  • 2831
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  • 2839
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  • 176
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  • 6