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A validated gene regulatory network and GWAS identifies early regulators of T-cell associated diseases (Th17 Treg)

ABSTRACT: In this work we present an analytical strategy to systematically identify early regulators by combining gene regulatory networks (GRN) with GWAS. We hypothesized that early regulators in T-cell associated diseases could be found by defining upstream transcription factors (TFs) in T-cell differentiation. Time series expression and DNA methylation profiling of T-cell differentiation identified several upstream TFs, of which TFs involved in Th1/2 differentiation were most enriched for disease associated SNPs identified by GWAS. Naïve CD4+ T cells were isolated from buffy coat of four healthy donors using a naïve CD4+ T cell isolation kit (Miltenyi, Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany). Naïve CD4+ T cells were stimulated with TGF-β (1 ng/mL), IL-1β (10 ng/mL), IL-6 (25 ng/mL), IL-21 (25 ng/mL) and IL-23 (25 ng/mL) for Th17, and TGF-β (10 ng/mL) and IL-2 (10 ng/mL) for Treg. Cells were cultured for six days in Iscove’s modified Dulbecco medium (IMDM) supplemented with 2 mM L-glutamine (PAA Laboratories, Linz, Austria), 10% heat-inactivated FCS (PAA Laboratories, Linz, Austria), 5 µM β–mercaptoethanol (Sigma-Aldrich, St. Louis, Missouri, USA) and 50 ug/mL gentamicin (Sigma-Aldrich, St. Louis, Missouri, USA). Cells were cultured for 6 days and then re-stimulated with plate-bound anti-CD3 and soluble anti-CD28 in the presence of corresponding polarizing cytokines and antibodies for another 2 days (Zhang et al. 2013). RNA was extracted using a miRneasy Mini Kit (Qiagen). The RNA concentrations were analysed with NanoDrop ND-1000 Spectrophotometer (NanoDrop Technologies). For the gene expression microarray analysis, The cRNA was prepared using a Low Input QuickAmp Labeling Kit. For Th17 and Treg cells the gene expression microarray analysis was performed using SurePrint G3 Human Gene Expression 8x60K v2 microarray kit, according to the manufacture’s instruction (Agilent Technologies).

ORGANISM(S): Homo sapiens  

SUBMITTER: Hui Wang   Antonio Lentini  Aelita Konstantinell  Johan Mellergård  Huan Zhang  Sandra Hellberg  Robert Liljenström  Danuta R Gawel  Danuta Gawel  Mikael Benson  Mika Gustafsson  Daniel Eklund  Jan Ernerudh  Colm E Nestor 

PROVIDER: E-GEOD-60679 | ArrayExpress | 2015-11-12



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