Dendritic cells (DCs) play a pivotal role in the regulation of the immune response. DC development and activation is finelyorchestrated through transcriptional programs. GATA1 transcription factor is required for murine DC development, and data suggest that it might be involved in the fine-tuning of the life span and function of activated DCs. We generated DC-specific Gata1 knockout mice (Gata1-KODC), which presented a 20% reduction of splenic DCs, partially explained by enhanced apoptosis. RNA sequencing analysis revealed a number of deregulated genes involved in cell survival, migration, and function. DC migration toward peripheral lymph nodes was impaired in Gata1-KODC mice. Migration assays performed in vitro showed that this defect was selective for CCL21, but not CCL19. Interestingly, we show that Gata1-KODC DCs have reduced polysialic acid levels on their surface, which is a known determinant for the proper migration of DCs toward CCL21.,
Journal of Immunology
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Scheenstra, M.R. (Maaike R.), de Cuyper, I., Branco-Madeira, F., De Bleser, P. (Pieter), Kool, M., Meinders, M., … Gutiérrez, L. (2016). GATA1-deficient dendritic cells display impaired CCL21-dependent migration toward lymph nodes due to reduced levels of polysialic acid. Journal of Immunology, 197(11), 4312–4324. doi:10.4049/jimmunol.1600103