CSF-1 receptor signalling is governed by pre-requisite EHD1 mediated receptor display on the macrophage cell surface

Luke R. Cypher, Timothy Alan Bielecki, Lu Huang, Wei An, Fany Iseka, Eric Tom, Matthew D. Storck, Adam D. Hoppe, Vimla Band, Hamid Band

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Colony stimulating factor-1 receptor (CSF-1R), a receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK), is the master regulator of macrophage biology. CSF-1 can bind CSF-1R resulting in receptor activation and signalling essential for macrophage functions such as proliferation, differentiation, survival, polarization, phagocytosis, cytokine secretion, and motility. CSF-1R activation can only occur after the receptor is presented on the macrophage cell surface. This process is reliant upon the underlying macrophage receptor trafficking machinery. However, the mechanistic details governing this process are incompletely understood. C-terminal Eps15 Homology Domain-containing (EHD) proteins have recently emerged as key regulators of receptor trafficking but have not yet been studied in the context of macrophage CSF-1R signalling. In this manuscript, we utilize primary bone-marrow derived macrophages (BMDMs) to reveal a novel function of EHD1 as a regulator of CSF-1R abundance on the cell surface. We report that EHD1-knockout (EHD1-KO) macrophages cell surface and total CSF-1R levels are significantly decreased. The decline in CSF-1R levels corresponds with reduced downstream macrophage functions such as cell proliferation, migration, and spreading. In EHD1-KO macrophages, transport of newly synthesized CSF-1R to the macrophage cell surface was reduced and was associated with the shunting of the receptor to the lysosome, which resulted in receptor degradation. These findings reveal a novel and functionally important role for EHD1 in governing CSF-1R signalling via regulation of anterograde transport of CSF-1R to the macrophage cell surface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1325-1335
Number of pages11
JournalCellular Signalling
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016


  • CSF-1R
  • Cell signalling
  • Cell surface
  • Macrophage
  • Proliferation
  • Receptor tyrosine kinase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology


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