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J Immunol. 2004 Jun 15;172(12):7647-53.

CCR2-dependent trafficking of F4/80dim macrophages and CD11cdim/intermediate dendritic cells is crucial for T cell recruitment to lungs infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

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  • 1Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease, PO Box 419100, San Francisco, CA 94141, USA.


We previously reported that CCR2(-/-) mice are susceptible to Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. Susceptibility was associated with an early and sustained macrophage trafficking defect, followed by delayed recruitment of dendritic cells (DCs) and T cells to the lungs. However, the relative importance of the lack of CCR2 expression by macrophages and DCs vs T cells in susceptibility to infection was unclear. In this study, we used mixed bone marrow transplantation to create mice in which the genotype of the T cells was either CCR2(+/+) or CCR2(-/-) while maintaining the genotype of the myeloid cells as CCR2(+/+). After infection with M. tuberculosis, we found that the genotype of the macrophages and/or DCs, but not that of the T cells, was critical for both T cell and myeloid cell migration to the lungs. Further investigation revealed a critical role for CCR2 in the recruitment of F4/80(dim) macrophages and CD11c(dim/intermediate) DCs to the infected lung.

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