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A single cell atlas of frozen shoulder capsule identifies features associated with inflammatory fibrosis resolution

Ng, Michael TH; Borst, Rowie; Gacaferi, Hamez; Davidson, Sarah; Ackerman, Jessica E; Johnson, Peter A; Machado, Caio C; ... Dakin, Stephanie G; + view all (2024) A single cell atlas of frozen shoulder capsule identifies features associated with inflammatory fibrosis resolution. Nature Communications , 15 (1) , Article 1394. 10.1038/s41467-024-45341-9. Green open access

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Abstract

Frozen shoulder is a spontaneously self-resolving chronic inflammatory fibrotic human disease, which distinguishes the condition from most fibrotic diseases that are progressive and irreversible. Using single-cell analysis, we identify pro-inflammatory MERTKlowCD48+ macrophages and MERTK + LYVE1 + MRC1+ macrophages enriched for negative regulators of inflammation which co-exist in frozen shoulder capsule tissues. Micro-cultures of patient-derived cells identify integrin-mediated cell-matrix interactions between MERTK+ macrophages and pro-resolving DKK3+ and POSTN+ fibroblasts, suggesting that matrix remodelling plays a role in frozen shoulder resolution. Cross-tissue analysis reveals a shared gene expression cassette between shoulder capsule MERTK+ macrophages and a respective population enriched in synovial tissues of rheumatoid arthritis patients in disease remission, supporting the concept that MERTK+ macrophages mediate resolution of inflammation and fibrosis. Single-cell transcriptomic profiling and spatial analysis of human foetal shoulder tissues identify MERTK + LYVE1 + MRC1+ macrophages and DKK3+ and POSTN+ fibroblast populations analogous to those in frozen shoulder, suggesting that the template to resolve fibrosis is established during shoulder development. Crosstalk between MerTK+ macrophages and pro-resolving DKK3+ and POSTN+ fibroblasts could facilitate resolution of frozen shoulder, providing a basis for potential therapeutic resolution of persistent fibrotic diseases.

Type: Article
Title: A single cell atlas of frozen shoulder capsule identifies features associated with inflammatory fibrosis resolution
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-024-45341-9
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-024-45341-9
Language: English
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Keywords: ICECAP Consortium
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10187593
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