Signal Inhibitory Receptor on Leukocytes-1 is highly expressed on lung monocytes, but absent on mononuclear phagocytes in skin and colon

Helen J. von Richthofen, Doron Gollnast, Toni M. M. van Capel, Barbara Giovannone, Geertje H. A. Westerlaken, Lisanne Lutter, Bas Oldenburg, DirkJan Hijnen, Michiel van der Vlist, Esther C. de Jong, Linde Meyaard

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Signal Inhibitory Receptor on Leukocytes-1 (SIRL-1) is expressed on human blood monocytes and granulocytes and inhibits myeloid effector functions. On monocytes, but not granulocytes, SIRL-1 expression is low or absent in individuals with the single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs612529C. The expression of SIRL-1 in tissue and the influence of rs612529 hereon is currently unknown. Here, we used flow cytometry to determine SIRL-1 expression on immune cells in human blood and three barrier tissues; skin, colon and lung. SIRL-1 was expressed by virtually all neutrophils and eosinophils in these tissues. In contrast, SIRL-1 was not expressed by monocyte-derived cells in skin and colon, whereas it was highly expressed by lung classical monocytes. Lung monocytes from individuals with a rs612529C allele had decreased SIRL-1 expression, consistent with the genotype association in blood. Within the different monocyte subsets in blood and lung, SIRL-1 expression was highest in classical monocytes and lowest in nonclassical monocytes. SIRL-1 was not expressed by dendritic cells in blood and barrier tissues. Together, these results indicate that SIRL-1 is differentially expressed on phagocyte subsets in blood and barrier tissues, and that its expression on monocytes is genotype- and tissue-specific. Immune regulation of monocytes by SIRL-1 may be of particular importance in the lung.
Original languageEnglish
Article number104199
JournalCellular immunology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2020


  • Barrier tissue
  • Granulocyte
  • Immune checkpoint
  • Inhibitory receptor
  • Mononuclear phagocyte
  • Phagocyte

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