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Immunity. 2009 Jun 19;30(6):845-59. doi: 10.1016/j.immuni.2009.03.021. Epub 2009 Jun 11.

Notch and wingless signaling cooperate in regulation of dendritic cell differentiation.

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Department of Immunology, H Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33612, USA.

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  • Immunity. 2009 Aug 21;31(2):356.


Dendritic cell (DC) differentiation is regulated by stroma via a network of soluble and cell-bound factors. Notch is one of the major elements of this network. Its role in DC differentiation, however, is controversial. Here, we demonstrate that activation of Notch signaling in hematopoietic progenitor cells (HPCs) promoted differentiation of conventional DCs via activation of the canonical Wingless (Wnt) pathway. Inhibition of the Wnt pathway abrogated the effect of Notch on DC differentiation. The fact that activation of the Wnt pathway in Notch-1-deficient embryonic stem cells restored DC differentiation indicates that Wnt signaling is downstream of the Notch pathway in regulating DC differentiation. Notch signaling activated the Wnt pathway in HPCs via expression of multiple members of the Frizzled family of Wnt receptors, which was directly regulated by the CSL (RPB-Jkappa) transcription factor. Thus, these data suggest a model of DC differentiation via cooperation between Wnt and Notch pathways.

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