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Maturation of Lymph Node Fibroblastic Reticular Cells from Myofibroblastic Precursors Is Critical for Antiviral Immunity.

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2013
Author Chai Qian, Onder Lucas, Scandella Elke, Gil-Cruz Cristina, Perez-Shibayama Christian, Cupovic Jovana, Danuser Renzo, Sparwasser Tim, Luther Sanjiv A, Thiel Volker, Rülicke Thomas, Stein Jens V, Hehlgans Thomas, Ludewig Burkhard,
Project Investigating the molecular factors controlling lymphocyte motility and activation by in vivo imaging
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Immunity
Page(s) 1
Title of proceedings Immunity
DOI 10.1016/j.immuni.2013.03.012


The stromal scaffold of the lymph node (LN) paracortex is built by fibroblastic reticular cells (FRCs). Conditional ablation of lymphotoxin-β receptor (LTβR) expression in LN FRCs and their mesenchymal progenitors in developing LNs revealed that LTβR-signaling in these cells was not essential for the formation of LNs. Although T cell zone reticular cells had lost podoplanin expression, they still formed a functional conduit system and showed enhanced expression of myofibroblastic markers. However, essential immune functions of FRCs, including homeostatic chemokine and interleukin-7 expression, were impaired. These changes in T cell zone reticular cell function were associated with increased susceptibility to viral infection. Thus, myofibroblasic FRC precursors are able to generate the basic T cell zone infrastructure, whereas LTβR-dependent maturation of FRCs guarantees full immunocompetence and hence optimal LN function during infection.