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Yali Jiang, Yuanyuan Wang, Pengfei Ma, Dongjie An, Junlong Zhao, Shiqian Liang, Yuchen Ye, Yingying Lu, Peng Zhang, Xiaowei Liu, Hua Han, Hongyan Qin. Myeloid-specific targeting of Notch ameliorates murine renal fibrosis via reduced infiltration and activation of bone marrowderived macrophage[J]. Protein&Cell, 2019, 10(3): 196-210. doi: 10.1007/s13238-018-0527-6
Citation: Yali Jiang, Yuanyuan Wang, Pengfei Ma, Dongjie An, Junlong Zhao, Shiqian Liang, Yuchen Ye, Yingying Lu, Peng Zhang, Xiaowei Liu, Hua Han, Hongyan Qin. Myeloid-specific targeting of Notch ameliorates murine renal fibrosis via reduced infiltration and activation of bone marrowderived macrophage[J]. Protein&Cell, 2019, 10(3): 196-210. doi: 10.1007/s13238-018-0527-6

Myeloid-specific targeting of Notch ameliorates murine renal fibrosis via reduced infiltration and activation of bone marrowderived macrophage

doi: 10.1007/s13238-018-0527-6
  • Received Date: 2017-11-28
  • Macrophages play critical roles in renal fibrosis. However, macrophages exhibit ontogenic and functional heterogeneities, and which population of macrophages contributes to renal fibrosis and the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. In this study, we genetically targeted Notch signaling by disrupting the transcription factor recombination signal binding protein-Jκ (RBP-J), to reveal its role in regulation of macrophages during the unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO)-induced murine renal fibrosis. Myeloid-specific disruption of RBP-J attenuated renal fibrosis with reduced extracellular matrix deposition and myofibroblast activation, as well as attenuated epithelial-mesenchymal transition, likely owing to the reduced expression of TGF-β. Meanwhile, RBP-J deletion significantly hampered macrophage infiltration and activation in fibrotic kidney, although their proliferation appeared unaltered. By using macrophage clearance experiment, we found that kidney resident macrophages made negligible contribution, but bone marrow (BM)-derived macrophages played a major role in renal fibrogenesis. Further mechanistic analyses showed that Notch blockade reduced monocyte emigration from BM by down-regulating CCR2 expression. Finally, we found that myeloid-specific Notch activation aggravated renal fibrosis, which was mediated by CCR2+ macrophages infiltration. In summary, our data have unveiled that myeloid-specific targeting of Notch could ameliorate renal fibrosis by regulating BM-derived macrophages recruitment and activation, providing a novel strategy for intervention of this disease.
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