The colony-stimulating factor-1 receptor is a specific marker of macrophages from the bony fish gilthead seabream

Francisco J. Roca, Ma Pilar Sepulcre, Gloria López-Castejón, José Meseguer, Victoriano Mulero

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    Abstract

    We report the molecular cloning of the colony-stimulating factor-1 receptor gene from the bony fish gilthead seabream (sbCSF-1R). The deduced sbCSF-1R shows a predicted signal sequence, a transmembrane domain and a tyrosine kinase domain, all in conserved positions. A transcript showing a premature stop codon that predicted the removal of 84 C-terminal amino acids was also found. RT-PCR expression studies demonstrate that, although the sbCSF-1R transcripts are found in different immune tissues, including gill, liver, spleen, blood, peritoneal exudate, thymus and head-kidney (HK), their expression is confined to the monocyte/macrophage lineage. Furthermore, the expression of sbCSF-1R might be modulated by the activation stage of the macrophages, since both the infection of fish and the in vitro activation of leukocytes resulted in the down-regulation of gene expression. These data indicate that the CSF-1R may be used as a specific probe for cells of the monocyte/macrophage lineage in the gilthead seabream, an immunological tractable fish model. In addition, the functional characterisation of the CSF-1R and its ligand may shed light into the mechanisms of proliferation and the pathways of differentiation of macrophages in bony fish. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1418-1423
    Number of pages5
    JournalMolecular immunology
    Volume43
    Issue number9
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2006

    Keywords

    • CSF-1R
    • Fish
    • Macrophages
    • Phylogeny

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