The CD20 homolog Ms4a8a integrates pro- and anti-inflammatory signals in novel M2-like macrophages and is expressed in parasite infection

A. Schmieder, K. Schledzewski, J. Michel, K. Schonhaar, Y. Morias, T. Bosschaerts, J. Van den Bossche, P. Dorny, A. Sauer, C. Sticht, C. Geraud, Z. Waibler, A. Beschin, S. Goerdt

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    Recently, we identified the CD20 homolog Ms4a8a as a novel molecule expressed by tumor-associated macrophages that directly enhances tumor growth. Here, we analyzed Ms4a8a(+) macrophages in M2-associated infectious pathologies. In late stage Trypanosoma congolense and Taenia crassiceps infections Ms4a8a expression was detected in hepatic and peritoneal macrophages respectively. Innate immunity in these infections is modulated by toll-like receptor (TLR) signalling and TLR2/4/7 agonists strongly induced Ms4a8a expression in bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMDMs) treated with M2-mediators (glucocorticoids/IL-4). LPS/dexamethasone/IL-4-induced Ms4a8a(+) BMDMs were characterized by strong expression of mRNA of mannose receptor (Mmr), arginase 1, and CD163 and by decreased iNOS expression. Co-induction of Ms4a8a by M2-mediators and TLR agonists involved the classical TLR signalling cascade via activation of MyD88/TRIF and NF-kappaB. Forced over-expression of Ms4a8a modulated the TLR4 response of RAW264.7 cells as shown by gene expression profiling. Up-regulation of Hdc, Tcfec and Sla was confirmed both in primary LPS/dexamethasone/IL-4-stimulated Ms4a8a(+) BMDMs and in peritoneal macrophages from late stage Taenia crassiceps infection. In conclusion, we show that TLR signalling skews the typical alternative macrophage activation program to induce a special M2-like macrophage subset in vitro that also occurs in immunomodulatory immune reactions in vivo, a process directly involving the CD20 homolog Ms4a8a.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalEuropean Journal of Immunology
    Issue number11
    Pages (from-to)2971-2982
    Number of pages12
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


    • Parasitic diseases
    • Helminthic diseases
    • Taenia crassiceps
    • Protozoal diseases
    • Nagana
    • Trypanosoma congolense
    • Vectors
    • Tsetse flies
    • Glossina
    • Macrophages
    • Tumors
    • Detection
    • Bone marrow
    • CD20
    • Macrophage activation
    • Receptors
    • Laboratory techniques and procedures


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