MAP7 and MUCL1 are biomarkers of Vitamin D3-induced tolerogenic dendritic cells in multiple sclerosis patients

Juan Navarro-Barriuso, María José Mansilla, Bibiana Quirant-Sánchez, Alicia Ardiaca-Martínez, Aina Teniente-Serra, Silvia Presas-Rodríguez, Anja Ten Brinke, Cristina Ramo-Tello, Eva M. Martínez-Cáceres

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Copyright © 2019 Navarro-Barriuso, Mansilla, Quirant-Sánchez, Ardiaca-Martínez, Teniente-Serra, Presas-Rodríguez, ten Brinke, Ramo-Tello and Martínez-Cáceres. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms. The administration of autologous tolerogenic dendritic cells (tolDC) has become a promising alternative for the treatment of autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis (MS). Specifically, the use of vitamin D3 for the generation of tolDC (vitD3-tolDC) constitutes one of the most widely studied approaches, as it has evidenced significant immune regulatory properties, both in vitro and in vivo. In this article, we generated human vitD3-tolDC from monocytes from healthy donors and MS patients, characterized in both cases by a semi-mature phenotype, secretion of IL-10 and inhibition of allogeneic lymphocyte proliferation. Additionally, we studied their transcriptomic profile and selected a number of differentially expressed genes compared to control mature and immature dendritic cells for their analysis. Among them, qPCR results validated CYP24A1, MAP7 and MUCL1 genes as biomarkers of vitD3-tolDC in both healthy donors and MS patients. Furthermore, we constructed a network of protein interactions based on the literature, which manifested that MAP7 and MUCL1 genes are both closely connected between them and involved in immune-related functions. In conclusion, this study evidences that MAP7 and MUCL1 constitute robust and potentially functional biomarkers of the generation of vitD3-tolDC, opening the window for their use as quality controls in clinical trials for MS.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1251
JournalFrontiers in Immunology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Biomarkers
  • Immune tolerance
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Tolerogenic dendritic cells
  • Vitamin D3


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