Leukocyte transendothelial migration (TEM) is an essential component of the inflammatory response. In vitro studies with human cells have demonstrated that platelet/endothelial cell adhesion molecule (PECAM) functions upstream of CD99 during TEM; however, results in vivo with mice have been apparently contradictory. In this study we use four-dimensional (4D) intravital microscopy to demonstrate that the site and order of function of PECAM and CD99 in vivo are dependent on the strain of mice. In FVB/n mice, PECAM functions upstream of CD99, as in human cells in vitro, and blocking antibodies against either molecule arrest neutrophils before they traverse the endothelium. However, in C57BL/6 mice, PECAM and CD99 appear to function at a different step, as the same antibodies arrest leukocyte migration through the endothelial basement membrane. These results are the first direct comparison of PECAM and CD99 function in different murine strains as well as the first demonstration of the sequential function of PECAM and CD99 in vivo.
- intravital microscopy
- platelet/endothelial cell adhesion molecule
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