Pozzi, Benedetta; Amodio, Stefania; Lucano, Caterina; Sciullo, Anna; Ronzoni, Simona; Castelletti, Daniela; Adler, Thure; Treise, Irina; Betsholtz, Ingrid Holmberg; Rathkolb, Birgit; Busch, Dirk H.; Wolf, Eckhard; Fuchs, Helmut; Gailus-Durner, Valérie; Hrabé de Angelis, Martin; Betsholtz, Christer; Casola, Stefano; Di Fiore, Pier Paolo; Offenhäuser, Nina
Correction: The Endocytic Adaptor Eps15 Controls Marginal Zone B Cell Numbers.
In: PloS one
Eps15 is an endocytic adaptor protein involved in clathrin and non-clathrin mediated endocytosis. In Caenorhabditis elegans and Drosophila melanogaster lack of Eps15 leads to defects in synaptic vesicle recycling and synapse formation. We generated Eps15-KO mice to investigate its function in mammals. Eps15-KO mice are born at the expected Mendelian ratio and are fertile. Using a large-scale phenotype screen covering more than 300 parameters correlated to human disease, we found that Eps15-KO mice did not show any sign of disease or neural deficits. Instead, altered blood parameters pointed to an immunological defect. By competitive bone marrow transplantation we demonstrated that Eps15-KO hematopoietic precursor cells were more efficient than the WT counterparts in repopulating B220⁺ bone marrow cells, CD19⁻ thymocytes and splenic marginal zone (MZ) B cells. Eps15-KO mice showed a 2-fold increase in MZ B cell numbers when compared with controls. Using reverse bone marrow transplantation, we found that Eps15 regulates MZ B cell numbers in a cell autonomous manner. FACS analysis showed that although MZ B cells were increased in Eps15-KO mice, transitional and pre-MZ B cell numbers were unaffected. The increase in MZ B cell numbers in Eps15 KO mice was not dependent on altered BCR signaling or Notch activity. In conclusion, in mammals, the endocytic adaptor protein Eps15 is a regulator of B-cell lymphopoiesis.