Lecture 'Heterogeneity of central nervous system myeloid cells during neuroinflammation'

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15-03-2019 from 11:30 to 12:45
UGent-VIB-onderzoeksgebouw, Technologiepark 927, 9052 Zwijnaarde
VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research (WE14, WE10, GE35)
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Prof. Marco Prinz (University Medical Centre Freiburg is our guest today. Registration for the seminar is not needed.

The innate immune cell compartment is highly diverse in the healthy central nervous system (CNS) including parenchymal and non-parenchymal macrophages. However, this complexity is increased in inflammatory settings by the recruitment of circulating myeloid cells. It is unclear which disease-specific myeloid subsets exist and what their transcriptional profiles and dynamics during CNS pathology are. By combining deep single-cell transcriptome analysis, fate mapping, in vivo imaging, clonal analysis, and transgenic lines, we comprehensively characterized unappreciated myeloid subsets in several CNS compartments during neuroinflammation. During inflammation, CNS macrophage subsets undergo self-renewal, and random proliferation shifted towards clonal expansion. Finally, functional studies demonstrated that endogenous CNS tissue macrophages are redundant for antigen presentation. Our results highlight myeloid cell diversity and provide insights into the brain’s innate immune system.