A validated regulatory network for Th17 cell specification.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Th17 cells have critical roles in mucosal defense and are major contributors to inflammatory disease. Their differentiation requires the nuclear hormone receptor RORγt working with multiple other essential transcription factors (TFs). We have used an iterative systems approach, combining genome-wide TF occupancy, expression profiling of TF mutants, and expression time series to delineate the Th17 global transcriptional regulatory network. We find that cooperatively bound BATF and IRF4 contribute to initial chromatin accessibility and, with STAT3, initiate a transcriptional program that is then globally tuned by the lineage-specifying TF RORγt, which plays a focal deterministic role at key loci. Integration of multiple data sets allowed inference of an accurate predictive model that we computationally and experimentally validated, identifying multiple new Th17 regulators, including Fosl2, a key determinant of cellular plasticity. This interconnected network can be used to investigate new therapeutic approaches to manipulate Th17 functions in the setting of inflammatory disease.

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Cited Authors

  • Ciofani, M; Madar, A; Galan, C; Sellars, M; Mace, K; Pauli, F; Agarwal, A; Huang, W; Parkhurst, CN; Muratet, M; Newberry, KM; Meadows, S; Greenfield, A; Yang, Y; Jain, P; Kirigin, FK; Birchmeier, C; Wagner, EF; Murphy, KM; Myers, RM; Bonneau, R; Littman, DR

Published Date

  • October 12, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 151 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 289 - 303

PubMed ID

  • 23021777

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3503487

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-4172

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.cell.2012.09.016


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States