Emerging Roles for CSF-1 Receptor and its Ligands in the Nervous System

Violeta Chitu, Solen Gokhan, Sayan Nandi, Mark F. Mehler, E. Richard Stanley

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The colony-stimulating factor-1 receptor (CSF-1R) kinase regulates tissue macrophage homeostasis, osteoclastogenesis, and Paneth cell development. However, recent studies in mice have revealed that CSF-1R signaling directly controls the development and maintenance of microglia, and cell autonomously regulates neuronal differentiation and survival. While the CSF-1R-cognate ligands, CSF-1 and interleukin-34 (IL-34) compete for binding to the CSF-1R, they are expressed in a largely non-overlapping manner by mature neurons. The recent identification of a dominantly inherited, adult-onset, progressive dementia associated with inactivating mutations in the CSF-1R highlights the importance of CSF-1R signaling in the brain. We review the roles of the CSF-1R and its ligands in microglial and neural development and function, and their relevance to our understanding of neurodegenerative disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)378-393
Number of pages16
JournalTrends in Neurosciences
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016


  • Adult-onset leukoencephalopathy with axonal spheroids and pigmented glia
  • IL-34
  • Microglia
  • Neural development
  • Neurodegenerative disease
  • Neuronal survival

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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