ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-180802-9
Colony-Stimulating Factor 1 Receptor (CSF1R) Regulates Microglia Density and Distribution, but Not Microglia Differentiation In Vivo
Oosterhof, N., Kuil, L.E., van der Linde, H.C., Burm, S.M., Berdowski, W., van Ijcken, W.F.J., van Swieten, J.C., Hol, E.M., Verheijen, M.H.G., van Ham, T.J.
Date: 2018
Source: Cell Reports   24: 1203-1217.e6 (Journal)
Registered Authors: Kuil, Laura, van der Linde, Herma, van Ham, Tjakko
Keywords: ALSP, CSF1R, HDLS, colony-stimulating factor 1 receptor, leukodystrophy, macrophages, microglia, neurodegeneration, transcriptomics, zebrafish
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Cell Differentiation*
  • Humans
  • Leukoencephalopathies/metabolism*
  • Leukoencephalopathies/pathology
  • Microglia/cytology
  • Microglia/metabolism*
  • Mutation
  • Receptors, Granulocyte-Macrophage Colony-Stimulating Factor/genetics
  • Receptors, Granulocyte-Macrophage Colony-Stimulating Factor/metabolism*
  • Zebrafish
  • Zebrafish Proteins/genetics
  • Zebrafish Proteins/metabolism*
PubMed: 30067976 Full text @ Cell Rep.
Microglia are brain-resident macrophages with trophic and phagocytic functions. Dominant loss-of-function mutations in a key microglia regulator, colony-stimulating factor 1 receptor (CSF1R), cause adult-onset leukoencephalopathy with axonal spheroids and pigmented glia (ALSP), a progressive white matter disorder. Because it remains unclear precisely how CSF1R mutations affect microglia, we generated an allelic series of csf1r mutants in zebrafish to identify csf1r-dependent microglia changes. We found that csf1r mutations led to aberrant microglia density and distribution and regional loss of microglia. The remaining microglia still had a microglia-specific gene expression signature, indicating that they had differentiated normally. Strikingly, we also observed lower microglia numbers and widespread microglia depletion in postmortem brain tissue of ALSP patients. Both in zebrafish and in human disease, local microglia loss also presented in regions without obvious pathology. Together, this implies that CSF1R mainly regulates microglia density and that early loss of microglia may contribute to ALSP pathogenesis.