Polarized activation of adipose tissue macrophages (ATMs) is crucial for maintaining adipose tissue function and mediating obesity-associated cardiovascular risk and metabolic abnormalities; however, the regulatory network of this key process is not well defined. Here, we identified a PPARγ/microRNA-223 (miR-223) regulatory axis that controls macrophage polarization by targeting distinct downstream genes to shift the cellular response to various stimuli. In BM-derived macrophages, PPARγ directly enhanced miR-223 expression upon exposure to Th2 stimuli. ChIP analysis, followed by enhancer reporter assays, revealed that this effect was mediated by PPARγ binding 3 PPARγ regulatory elements (PPREs) upstream of the pre–miR-223 coding region. Moreover, deletion of miR-223 impaired PPARγ-dependent macrophage alternative activation in cells cultured ex vivo and in mice fed a high-fat diet. We identified
Wei Ying, Alexander Tseng, Richard Cheng-An Chang, Andrew Morin, Tyler Brehm, Karen Triff, Vijayalekshmi Nair, Guoqing Zhuang, Hui Song, Srikanth Kanameni, Haiqing Wang, Michael C. Golding, Fuller W. Bazer, Robert S. Chapkin, Stephen Safe, Beiyan Zhou
miR-223 expression is induced in PPARγ-dependent M2 macrophage activation.