Journal article

CCR2 enhances CD25 expression by FoxP3( ) regulatory T cells and regulates their abundance independently of chemotaxis and CCR2( ) myeloid cells

Yifan Zhan, Nancy Wang, Ajithkumar Vasanthakumar, Yuxia Zhang, Michael Chopin, Stephen L Nutt, Axel Kallies, Andrew M Lew

Cellular & Molecular Immunology | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2020


A wide array of chemokine receptors, including CCR2, are known to control Treg migration. Here, we report that CCR2 regulates Tregs beyond chemotaxis. We found that CCR2 deficiency reduced CD25 expression by FoxP3+ Treg cells. Such a change was also consistently present in irradiation chimeras reconstituted with mixed bone marrow from wild-type (WT) and CCR2-/- strains. Thus, CCR2 deficiency resulted in profound loss of CD25hi FoxP3+ Tregs in secondary lymphoid organs as well as in peripheral tissues. CCR2-/- Treg cells were also functionally inferior to WT cells. Interestingly, these changes to Treg cells did not depend on CCR2+ monocytes/moDCs (the cells where CCR2 receptors are most abund..

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