PPARgamma regulates the function of human dendritic cells primarily by altering lipid metabolism

Blood. 2007 Nov 1;110(9):3271-80. doi: 10.1182/blood-2007-06-096222. Epub 2007 Jul 30.


Activation of the lipid-regulated nuclear receptor peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARgamma) modifies the immunophenotype of monocyte-derived dendritic cells (DCs). However it has not been analyzed in a systematic manner how lipid metabolism and immune regulation are connected at the transcriptional level via this receptor. Here we present the genome-wide expression analyses of PPARgamma-instructed human DCs. Receptor activation was achieved by exogenous, synthetic as well as endogenous, natural means. More than 1000 transcripts are regulated during DC development by activation of PPARgamma; half of the changes are positive effects. These changes appear to enhance and modulate the robust gene expression alterations associated with monocyte to DC transition. Strikingly, only genes related to lipid metabolism are overrepresented among early induced genes. As a net consequence, lipid accumulation appears to be diminished in these cells. In contrast, genes related to immune response are regulated after 24 hours, implying the existence of indirect mechanisms of modulation. Receptor dependence was established by using DCs of patients harboring a dominant-negative mutation of PPARgamma. Our data show that PPARgamma acts as a mostly positive transcriptional regulator in human developing DCs, acting primarily through controlling genes involved in lipid metabolism and via this, indirectly modifying the immune phenotype.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • COS Cells
  • Cell Differentiation / genetics
  • Chlorocebus aethiops
  • Cluster Analysis
  • Dendritic Cells / cytology
  • Dendritic Cells / metabolism*
  • Dendritic Cells / physiology*
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Gene Expression Regulation / drug effects
  • Humans
  • Lipid Metabolism / drug effects
  • Lipid Metabolism / genetics*
  • Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis
  • PPAR gamma / agonists
  • PPAR gamma / genetics
  • PPAR gamma / physiology*
  • Point Mutation
  • Rosiglitazone
  • Signal Transduction
  • Thiazolidinediones / pharmacology


  • PPAR gamma
  • Thiazolidinediones
  • Rosiglitazone