Spatiotemporal dynamics of macrophage heterogeneity and a potential function of Trem2hi macrophages in infarcted hearts.
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Heart failure (HF) is a frequent consequence of myocardial infarction (MI). Identification of the precise, time-dependent composition of inflammatory cells may provide clues for the establishment of new biomarkers and therapeutic approaches targeting post-MI HF. Here, we investigate the spatiotemporal dynamics of MI-associated immune cells in a mouse model of MI using spatial transcriptomics and single-cell RNA-sequencing (scRNA-seq). We identify twelve major immune cell populations; their proportions dynamically change after MI. Macrophages are the most abundant population at all-time points (>60%), except for day 1 post-MI. Trajectory inference analysis shows upregulation of Trem2 expression in macrophages during the late phase post-MI. In vivo injection of soluble Trem2 leads to significant functional and structural improvements in infarcted hearts. Our data contribute to a better understanding of MI-driven immune responses and further investigation to determine the regulatory factors of the Trem2 signaling pathway will aid the development of novel therapeutic strategies for post-MI HF.


Spatial Temporal Transcriptomics
Spatial Transcriptomics

MeSH terms

Disease Models, Animal
Heart Failure
Leukocyte Count
Membrane Glycoproteins
Mice, Inbred C57BL
Myocardial Infarction
Receptors, Immunologic


Jung, Seung-Hyun
Hwang, Byung-Hee
Shin, Sun
Park, Eun-Hye
Park, Sin-Hee
Kim, Chan Woo
Kim, Eunmin
Choo, Eunho
Choi, Ik Jun
Swirski, Filip K
Chang, Kiyuk
Chung, Yeun-Jun