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Capacity of yolk sac macrophages, fetal liver and adult monocytes to colonize an empty niche and develop into functional tissue resident macrophages

Organism Icon Mus musculus
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Technology Badge Icon Affymetrix Mouse Gene 1.0 ST Array (mogene10st)

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Tissue-resident macrophages can derive from yolk sac macrophages, fetal liver monocytes or adult bone marrow monocytes. Whether these precursors can give rise to transcriptionally identical alveolar macrophages is unknown. Here, we transferred traceable yolk sac macrophages, fetal liver monocytes, adult bone marrow monocytes or adult alveolar macrophages as a control, into the empty alveolar macrophage niche of neonatal Csf2rb-/- mice. All precursors efficiently colonized the alveolar niche and generated alveolar macrophages that were transcriptionally almost identical, with only 22 genes that could be linked to their origin. Underlining the physiological relevance of our findings, all transfer-derived alveolar macrophages self-maintained within the lungs for up to 1 year and durably prevented alveolar proteinosis. Thus, precursor origin does not affect the development of functional self-maintaining tissue-resident macrophages.
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