In-Depth Proteomic Map of Innate Lymphoid Cells from Healthy Human Skin and Blood

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Innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) are essential players in the skin-associated immune system, nevertheless little is known about their proteomes and proteomic diversity. In this study, we describe about 6,600 proteins constitutively expressed by ILC2s and ILC3s from healthy human skin and blood using state-of-the-art proteomics. Although the vast majority of proteins was expressed by both ILC subsets and in both compartments, the skin ILC2s and ILC3s were more distinct than their counterparts in blood. Only skin ILC3s expressed uniquely detected proteins. Our in-depth proteomic dataset allowed us to define the cluster of differentiation marker profiles of the ILC subsets, explore distribution and abundance of proteins known to have immunological functions, as well as identify subset-specific proteins that have not previously been implicated in ILC biology. Taken together, our analyses substantially expand understanding of the protein expression signatures of ILC subsets. Going forward, these proteomic datasets will serve as valuable resources for future studies of ILC biology.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Investigative Dermatology
Issue number2
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2024

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