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    Abstract: Bruton tyrosine kinase (Btk) is essential for B cell development and function and also appears to be important for myeloid cells. The bone marrow of Btk-deficient mice shows enhanced granulopoiesis compared with that of wild-type mice. In purified granulocyte-monocyte-progenitors (GMP) from Btk-deficient mice, the development of granulocytes is favored at the expense of monocytes. However, Btk-deficient neutrophils are impaired in maturation and function. Using bone marrow chimeras, we show that this defect is cell-intrinsic to neutrophils. In GMP and neutrophils, Btk plays a role in GM-CSF- and Toll-like receptor-induced differentiation. Molecular analyses revealed that expression of the lineage-determining transcription factors C/EBPalpha, C/EBPbeta, and PU.1, depends on Btk. In addition, expression of several granule proteins, including myeloperoxidase, neutrophilic granule protein, gelatinase and neutrophil elastase, is Btk-dependent. In the Arthus reaction, an acute inflammatory response, neutrophil migration into tissues, edema formation, and hemorrhage are significantly reduced in Btk-deficient animals. Together, our findings implicate Btk as an important regulator of neutrophilic granulocyte maturation and function in vivo.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 21063022
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    Keywords: ANGIOGENESIS ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; GROWTH ; GROWTH-FACTOR ; BLOOD ; CELL ; ENDOTHELIAL GROWTH-FACTOR ; Germany ; GENE ; transcription ; DIFFERENTIATION ; EPITHELIA ; TRANSCRIPTION FACTOR ; INJECTION ; BIOLOGY ; MOUSE ; DISRUPTION ; inactivation ; COMPLEMENTATION ; EPITHELIAL-CELLS ; STRATEGIES ; RECEPTORS ; INSIGHTS ; VESSELS ; nude mice ; SUBSETS ; ARCHITECTURE ; LETHALITY ; MORPHOGENESIS ; targeting ; molecular ; thymus ; MOLECULAR-BASIS ; SUBSET ; ALLELE ; BLOOD-VESSELS ; gene targeting ; mesenchyme ; development ; ALLELES ; EPITHELIUM ; function ; branching ; nude mouse blastocyst complementation ; thymus development ; VASCULAR DEVELOPMENT ; vascular endothelial growth factor
    Abstract: The thymus harbors an organ-typical dense network of branching and anastomosing blood vessels. To address the molecular basis for morphogenesis of this thymus-specific vascular pattern, we have inactivated a key vascular growth factor, VEGF-A, in thymus epithelial cells (TECs). Both Vegf-A alleles were deleted in TECs by a complementation strategy termed nude mouse [mutated in the transcription factor Foxn1 (forkhead box N1)] blastocyst complementation. Injection of Foxn1(+/+) ES cells into Foxn1(nu/nu) blastocysts reconstituted a functional thymus. By dissecting thymus stromal cell subsets, we have defined, in addition to medullary TECs (mTECs) and cortical TECs (cTECs), another prominent stromal cell subset designated cortical mesenchymal cells (cMes). In chimeric thymi, mTECs and cTECs but not cMes were exclusively ES cell-derived. According to this distinct origin, the Vegf-A gene was deleted in mTECs and cTECs, whereas cMes still expressed Vegf-A. This genetic mosaic was associated with hypovascularization and disruption of the organ-typical network of vascular arcades. Thus, vascular growth factor production by TECs is required for normal thymus vascular architecture. These experiments provide insights into Foxn1-dependent and Foxn1-independent stromal cell development and demonstrate the value of this chimeric approach to analyzing gene function in thymus epithelium
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16027358
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