Epithelial stem cell homeostasis in Meibomian gland development, dysfunction, and dry eye disease

Edem Tchegnon, Chung Ping Liao, Elnaz Ghotbi, Tracey Shipman, Yong Wang, Renee M. McKay, Lu Q. Le

研究成果: 雜誌貢獻文章同行評審

10 引文 斯高帕斯(Scopus)


Dry eye disease affects over 16 million adults in the US, and the majority of cases are due to Meibomian gland dysfunction. Unfortunately, the identity of the stem cells involved in Meibomian gland development and homeostasis is not well elucidated. Here, we report that loss of Krox20, a zinc finger transcription factor involved in the development of ectoderm-derived tissues, or deletion of KROX20-expressing epithelial cells disrupted Meibomian gland formation and homeostasis, leading to dry eye disease secondary to Meibomian gland dysfunction. Ablation of Krox20-lineage cells in adult mice also resulted in dry eye disease, implicating Krox20 in homeostasis of the mature Meibomian gland. Lineage-tracing and expression analyses revealed a restricted KROX20 expression pattern in the ductal areas of the Meibomian gland, although Krox20-lineage cells generate the full, mature Meibomian gland. This suggests that KROX20 marks a stem/progenitor cell population that differentiates to generate the entire Meibomian gland. Our Krox20 mouse models provide a powerful system that delineated the identity of stem cells required for Meibomian gland development and homeostasis and can be used to investigate the factors underlying these processes. They are also robust models of Meibomian gland dysfunction-related dry eye disease, with a potential for use in preclinical therapeutic screening.
期刊JCI insight
出版狀態已發佈 - 10月 22 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 醫藥 (全部)


深入研究「Epithelial stem cell homeostasis in Meibomian gland development, dysfunction, and dry eye disease」主題。共同形成了獨特的指紋。