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E-GEOD-7138 - Transcription profiling of human monocyte derived macrophages reveals induction of dendritic cell-like phenotype in macrophages during foam cell formation

Submitted on 26 February 2007, released on 15 June 2008, last updated on 2 May 2014
Homo sapiens
Samples (22)
Array (1)
Protocols (16)
Foam cell formation from monocyte-derived macrophages is a hallmark of atheroscle-rotic lesions. Aspects of this process can be recapitulated in vitro by exposing MCSF-induced or platelet factor4 (CXCL4)-induced macrophages to oxidized (ox) or minimally modified (mm) low density lipoprotein (LDL). We measured gene expression in periph-eral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs), monocytes and macrophages treated with CXCL1 (GRO-α) or CCL2 (MCP-1) as well as foam cells induced by native LDL, mmLDL or oxLDL using 22 Affymetrix gene chips. Using an advanced Bayesian error-pooling approach and a heterogeneous error model (HEM) with a false discovery rate (FDR) <0.05, we found 5,303 of 22,215 probe sets to be significantly regulated in at least one of the conditions. Among a subset of 917 candidate genes that were preselected for their known biological functions in macrophage foamcell differentiation, we found that 290 genes met the above statistical criteria for significant differential expression patterns. While many expected genes were found to be upregulated by LDL and oxLDL, very few were induced by mmLDL. We also found induction of unexpected genes, most strikingly MHC-II and other dendritic cell markers such as CD11c. The gene expression patterns in response to oxLDL were similar in MCSF-induced and CXCL4-induced macrophages. Our findings suggest that LDL and oxLDL, but not mmLDL, induce a dendritic cell-like phenotype in macrophages, suggesting that these cells may be able to present antigens and support an immune response. Experiment Overall Design: Human blood was drawn from the antecubital veins of healthy blood donors and provided as buffy coats by the Virginia Blood Services (Richmond, VA). The mononuclear fractions were pooled from four unidentified donors to decrease individual variations in monocytes. Mixed peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) were isolated by Histopaque 1.077 (Sigma Diagnostics, Inc., St. Louis, MO). Following centrifugation, the mononuclear layer was removed and washed with PBS containing 0.02% ethylenediaminetetraacetate (EDTA). The pellet was resuspended in 1X H-lyse Buffer (R&D Systems Inc., Minneapolis, MN), and washed with wash buffer. PBMCs contain mainly monocytes and lymphocytes as well as platelets that tend to be associated with blood monocytes. From these PBMCs, monocytes were isolated using a negative selection monocyte isolation kit and LS columns (Miltenyi Biotec, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany). The purity of the isolated fraction was > 97% as estimated by flow cytometry using anti-CD14 (data not shown). Although these cells are often called “untouched” monocytes and thought to show little activation, the gene chip analysis conducted on these cells shows massive changes in gene expression compared to PBMCs (see below). Experiment Overall Design: Monocytes were cultured in Macrophage Serum-Free Medium (MSFM, Invitro-gen, Carlsbad, CA) in the presence of 1% media supplement nutridoma-HU (Roche Molecular Biochemicals, Indianapolis, IN) and 100 nM M-CSF for 6 days, after which the cells showed the expected morphological signs of macrophage differentiation. These macrophages were incubated either with 100 nM CCL2 or CXCL1 for 5 hours. CXCL1 was selected because we have previously found that it is an important arrest chemokine for monocytes in vitro and in atherosclerotic arteries in vivo. CCL2 was chosen because mice lacking CCL2 or its receptor CCR2 are relatively resistant to atherosclerosis, suggesting a role in macrophage recruitment, differentiation and/or survival. Human monocyte-derived macrophages (MDM) were also incubated with native LDL, oxidized LDL (oxLDL) or minimally modified LDL (mmLDL) (each at a concentration of 100 ug/ml) for 2 days to induce foam cell formation. Foam cell formation was verified by oil red O staining (figure 1) and by determining their cholesterol and cholesterol ester content. OxLDL and mmLDL were prepared from the same native LDL for each experiment as described. Control experiments were conducted on macrophages cultured in M-CSF without LDL for an additional 2 days. Two separate sets of monocytes were incubated with CXCL4 (100 nM) for 6 days, another procedure known to induce macrophage differentiation (29), with and without oxLDL to induce foam cell formation. RNA was extracted from cells in all 11 conditions (table 1) and gene expression was measured in duplicates at the University of Virginia Gene Expression Core Facility using Affymetrix equipment.
Experiment types
transcription profiling by array, unknown experiment type
Christian Albert Gleissner
Induction of dendritic cell-like phenotype in macrophages during foam cell formation. Hyung Jun Cho, Pavel Shashkin, Christian A Gleissner, Dane Dunson, Nitin Jain, Jae K Lee, Yury Miller, Klaus Ley. Physiol Genomics 29(2):149-60 (2007)
Investigation descriptionE-GEOD-7138.idf.txt
Sample and data relationshipE-GEOD-7138.sdrf.txt
Raw data (1)
Processed data (1)
Array designA-AFFY-33.adf.txt
R ExpressionSetE-GEOD-7138.eSet.r