CCR4 and CCR5 Involvement in Monocyte-Derived Macrophage Migration in Neuroinflammation

Jong Youl Kim, Jiwon Kim, Meiying Huang, Renée Kosonen, Jong Eun Lee

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Microglia, resident macrophages in the brain, play major roles in neuroinflammation after an acute many neurological diseases, including stroke. Our recent animal stroke model showed that interleukin (IL)-4 and IL-13 released by microglia are converted into monocyte-derived macrophages. However, the correlation with the migration mechanism of these cells is still unclear. This study aimed to clarify the effect of these cells on their migration and to identify potential targets that influence neuroinflammatory conditions. Inflammatory conditions were induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) treatment in in vitro and in vivo models. Cell migration was observed using transwell assay, and target chemokines were screened using the proteome profiler array in the in vitro model. Intravital, IVIS, and CLARITY imaging were used in the in vivo model. After LPS (1 ng/ml) treatment in BV2 (microglia cell line) and J774 (monocyte/macrophage cell line) cells, BV2 migration was approximately two-fold more enhanced compared to J774 migration. Overall, six types of chemokine C-C motif ligands (CCLs) were detected from the BV2 conditioned medium with LPS. These CCLs were related to C-C motif receptor (CCR)4 and CCR5. In the in vivo model, CCR4 and CCR5 antagonist significantly inhibited the migration of monocyte-derived macrophages to brain tissue following LPS (5 µg) treatment. In conclusion, the chemokines released by microglia may influence migration of monocyte-derived macrophages in necroinflammation conditions inducted by microglial activation. CCR4 and CCR5 expressed on monocyte-derived macrophages interacted with these chemokines and induced migration. Therefore, CCR4 and CCR5 may be explored as new therapeutic targets for neuroinflammation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number876033
JournalFrontiers in Immunology
Publication statusPublished - 2022 May 12

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Funding Information:
This study was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning (NRF-2016M3C7A1905098 to JEL), the NRF grant funded by the Korea government (MSIT) (NRF-2021R1A2C2008034 to JEL), and NRF funded by the Ministry of Education (NRF-2020R1I1A1A01064803 to JYK).

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Copyright © 2022 Kim, Kim, Huang, Kosonen and Lee.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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