Coordinate regulation of neutrophil homeostasis by liver X receptors in mice

Cynthia Hong, Yoko Kidani, Noelia A-Gonzalez, Tram Phung, Ayaka Ito, Xin Rong, Katrin Ericson, Hanna Mikkola, Simon W. Beaven, Lloyd S. Miller, Wen Hai Shao, Philip L. Cohen, Antonio Castrillo, Peter Tontonoz, Steven J. Bensinger

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Abstract

The most abundant immune cell type is the neutrophil, a key first responder after pathogen invasion. Neutrophil numbers in the periphery are tightly regulated to prevent opportunistic infections and aberrant inflammation. In healthy individuals, more than 1 × 10 9 neutrophils per kilogram body weight are released from the bone marrow every 24 hours. To maintain homeostatic levels, an equivalent number of senescent cells must be cleared from circulation. Recent studies indicate that clearance of senescent neutrophils by resident tissue macrophages and DCs helps to set homeostatic levels of neutrophils via effects on the IL-23/IL-17/G-CSF cytokine axis, which stimulates neutrophil production in the bone marrow. However, the molecular events in phagocytes underlying this feedback loop have remained indeterminate. Liver X receptors (LXRs) are members of the nuclear receptor superfamily that regulate both lipid metabolic and inflammatory gene expression. Here, we demonstrate that LXRs contribute to the control of neutrophil homeostasis. Using gain- and loss-of-function models, we found that LXR signaling regulated the efficient clearance of senescent neutrophils by peripheral tissue APCs in a Mer-dependent manner. Furthermore, activation of LXR by engulfed neutrophils directly repressed the IL-23/IL-17/G-CSF granulopoietic cytokine cascade. These results provide mechanistic insight into the molecular events orchestrating neutrophil homeostasis and advance our understanding of LXRs as integrators of phagocyte function, lipid metabolism, and cytokine gene expression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-347
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Clinical Investigation
Volume122
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 3 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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