Defining tissue- and disease-associated macrophages using a 1 transcriptome-based classification model

Macrophages are heterogeneous multifunctional leukocytes which are regulated in a tissue- and disease-specific context. Many different studies have been published using in vitro macrophage models to study disease. Here, we aggregated public expression data to define consensus expression profiles for eight commonly-used in vitro macrophage models. Altogether, we observed well-known but also novel markers for different macrophage subtypes.


Myeloid Kdm6b deficiency results in advanced atherosclerosis

BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Atherosclerosis is a lipid-driven chronic inflammatory disorder of the arteries, and monocytes and macrophages play a central role in this process. Within the atherosclerotic lesion, macrophages can scavenge modified lipids and become the so-called foam cells. We previously reported that the epigenetic enzyme Kdm6b (also known as Jmjd3) controls the pro-fibrotic transcriptional profile of peritoneal foam cells.


A distinct epigenetic profile distinguishes stenotic from non-inflamed fibroblasts in the ileal mucosa of Crohn’s disease patients

The chronic remitting and relapsing intestinal inflammation characteristic of Crohn’s disease frequently leads to fibrosis and subsequent stenosis of the inflamed region. Approximately a third of all Crohn’s disease patients require resection at some stage in their disease course. As the pathogenesis of Crohn’s disease associated fibrosis is largely unknown, a strong necessity exists to better understand the pathophysiology thereof.

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Targeting macrophage Histone deacetylase 3 stabilizes atherosclerotic lesions.

Macrophages are key immune cells found in atherosclerotic plaques and critically shape atherosclerotic disease development. The epigenomic enzyme Histone deacetylase 3 (HDAC3) has a role in regulating the atherosclerotic phenotype of macrophages. In rodents, myeloid HDAC3 deficiency promotes collagen deposition in atherosclerotic lesions and thus induces a stable plaque phenotype. Also, macrophages presented a switch to anti-inflammatory wound healing characteristics and showed improved lipid handling.