Divergence of Vascular Specification in Visceral Lymphoid Organs—Genetic Determinants and Differentiation Checkpoints

Zoltán Kellermayer, Haruko Hayasaka, Béla Kajtár, Diána Simon, Eloy F. Robles, Jose A. Martinez-Climent, Péter Balogh

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Abstract

Despite their functional similarities, peripheral lymphoid tissues are remarkably different according to their developmental properties and structural characteristics, including their specified vasculature. Access of leukocytes to these organs critically depends on their interactions with the local endothelium, where endothelial cells are patterned to display a restricted set of adhesion molecules and other regulatory compounds necessary for extravasation. Recent advances in high throughput analyses of highly purified endothelial subsets in various lymphoid tissues as well as the expansion of various transgenic animal models have shed new light on the transcriptional complexities of lymphoid tissue vascular endothelium. This review is aimed at providing a comprehensive analysis linking the functional competence of spleen and intestinal lymphoid tissues with the developmental programming and functional divergence of their vascular specification, with particular emphasis on the transcriptional control of endothelial cells exerted by Nkx2.3 homeodomain transcription factor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-502
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Reviews of Immunology
Volume35
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2016

Keywords

  • Endothelium
  • Nkx2.3
  • Peyer patches
  • patterning
  • spleen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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