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Memory formation and long-term maintenance of IL-7R alpha(+) ILC1s via a lymph node-liver axis
2018-12-26
Nature Communications 9:4854 Nov 2018 

Wang, Xianwei; Peng, Hui; Cong, Jingjing; Wang, Xuefu; Lian, Zhexiong; Wei, Haiming; Sun, Rui; Tian, Zhigang

Abstract:

Natural killer (NK) cells are reported to have immunological memory, with CD49a+liver-resident NK cells shown to confer hapten-specific memory responses, but how this memory is induced or maintained is unclear. Here we show that memory type I innate lymphoid cells (ILC1s), which express IL-7Rα, are generated in the lymph nodes (LNs) and require IL-7R signaling to maintain their longevity in the liver. Hapten sensitization initiates CXCR3-dependent recruitment of IL-7Rα+ILC1s into skin-draining LNs, where they are primed and acquire hapten-specific memory potential. Memory IL-7Rα+ILC1s then exit draining LNs and are preferentially recruited, via CXCR6, to reside in the liver. Moreover, long-term blockade of IL-7R signaling significantly reduces ILC1-mediated memory responses. Thus, our results identify a memory IL-7Rα+ILC1 population and reveal a LN-liver axis that is essential for ILC1 memory generation and long-term maintenance.

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-07405-5 


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