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Novel Markers to Delineate Murine M1 and M2 Macrophages

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      Classically (M1) and alternatively activated (M2) macrophages exhibit distinct phenotypes and functions. It has been difficult to dissect macrophage phenotypes in vivo, where a spectrum of macrophage phenotypes exists, and also in vitro, where low or non-selective M2 marker protein expression is observed. To provide a foundation for the complexity of in vivo macrophage phenotypes, we performed a comprehensive analysis of the transcriptional signature of murine M0, M1 and M2 macrophages and identified genes common or exclusive to either subset. We validated by real-time PCR an M1-exclusive pattern of expression for CD38, G-protein coupled receptor 18 (Gpr18) and Formyl peptide receptor 2 (Fpr2) whereas Early growth response protein 2 (Egr2) and c-Myc were M2-exclusive. We further confirmed these data by flow cytometry and show that M1 and M2 macrophages can be distinguished by their relative expression of CD38 and Egr2. Egr2 labeled more M2 macrophages (~70%) than the canonical M2 macrophage marker Arginase-1, which labels 24% of M2 macrophages. Conversely, CD38 labeled most (71%) in vitro M1 macrophages. In vivo, a similar CD38 + population greatly increased after LPS exposure. Overall, this work defines exclusive and common M1 and M2 signatures and provides novel and improved tools to distinguish M1 and M2 murine macrophages.

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            Affiliations
            [1 ]School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Medical Laboratory Science Division, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, United States of America
            [2 ]Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, United States of America
            [3 ]Center for Microbial Pathogenesis, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, United States of America
            [4 ]Department of Neuroscience, Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, United States of America
            University of Michigan Health System, UNITED STATES
            Author notes

            Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

            Conceived and designed the experiments: KJ SA LW JRR PP SPS MG. Performed the experiments: KJ SA LW JRR MG. Analyzed the data: KJ SA LW JRR MG. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: PP SPS MG. Wrote the paper: KJ SA LW JRR PP SPS MG.

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            PLoS One
            PLoS ONE
            plos
            plosone
            PLoS ONE
            Public Library of Science (San Francisco, CA USA )
            1932-6203
            23 December 2015
            2015
            : 10
            : 12
            26699615 4689374 10.1371/journal.pone.0145342 PONE-D-15-42425
            © 2015 Jablonski et al

            This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited

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            This work was supported by funds from the International Foundation for Research on Paraplegia (P 129 to PP and MG), the National Institutes of Health (NIH R21 R21NS081413 to PP and MG and NIAID R01-AI092117 to SP-S), and the Ray W. Poppleton Endowment (PP). KJ was supported by the Ohio State University Mayer’s Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship and LW by the Systems and Integrative Biology Fellowship (NIH T32). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
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            Array data are deposited at the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) NCBI database with accession number (GSE69607).

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