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Severe reduction in leukocyte adhesion and monocyte extravasation in mice deficient in CC chemokine receptor 2.

CC chemokine receptor 2 (CCR2) is a prominent receptor for the monocyte chemoattractant protein (MCP) group of CC chemokines. Mice generated by gene targeting to lack CCR2 exhibit normal leukocyte rolling but have a pronounced defect in MCP-1-induced leukocyte firm adhesion to microvascular endothelium and reduced leukocyte extravasation. Constitutive macrophage trafficking into the peritoneal cavity was not significantly different between CCR2-deficient and wild-type mice. However, after intraperitoneal thioglycollate injection, the number of peritoneal macrophages in CCR2-deficient mice did not rise above basal levels, whereas in wild-type mice the number of macrophages at 36 h was approximately 3.5 times the basal level. The CCR2-deficient mice showed enhanced early accumulation and delayed clearance of neutrophils and eosinophils. However, by 5 days neutrophils and eosinophils in both CCR2-deficient and wild-type mice had returned to near basal levels, indicating that resolution of this inflammatory response can occur in the absence of macrophage influx and CCR2-mediated activation of the resident peritoneal macrophages. After intravenous injection with yeast beta-glucan, wild-type mice formed numerous large, well-defined granulomas throughout the liver parenchyma, whereas CCR2-deficient mice had much fewer and smaller granulomas. These results demonstrate that CCR2 is a major regulator of induced macrophage trafficking in vivo.

Pubmed ID: 9342361


  • Kuziel WA
  • Morgan SJ
  • Dawson TC
  • Griffin S
  • Smithies O
  • Ley K
  • Maeda N


Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Publication Data

October 28, 1997

Associated Grants

  • Agency: NIGMS NIH HHS, Id: GM20069
  • Agency: NIGMS NIH HHS, Id: GM37567
  • Agency: NHLBI NIH HHS, Id: HL58108

Mesh Terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Adhesion
  • Cell Movement
  • Chemokine CCL2
  • Granuloma
  • Leukocytes
  • Liver
  • Macrophages
  • Mice
  • Mice, Mutant Strains
  • Microcirculation
  • Monocytes
  • Muscles
  • Receptors, CCR2
  • Receptors, Chemokine