Cell and Tissue Research

, Volume 364, Issue 3, pp 585–597 | Cite as

Cyclophilin A is a new M cell marker of bovine intestinal epithelium

  • Tetsuya Hondo
  • Shunsuke Someya
  • Yuya Nagasawa
  • Shunsuke Terada
  • Hitoshi Watanabe
  • Xiangning Chen
  • Kouichi Watanabe
  • Shyuichi Ohwada
  • Haruki Kitazawa
  • Michael T. Rose
  • Tomonori Nochi
  • Hisashi AsoEmail author
Regular Article


Microfold (M) cells in the follicle-associated epithelium (FAE) of Peyer’s patches contribute to the mucosal immune response by the transcytosis of microorganisms. The mechanism by which M cells take up microorganisms, and the functional proteins by which they do this, are not clear. In order to explore one such protein, we developed a 2H5-F3 monoclonal antibody (2H5-F3 mAb) through its binding to bovine M cells, and identified the antibody reactive molecule as cyclophilin A (Cyp-A). The localization patterns of Cyp-A were very similar to the localization pattern of cytokeratin (CK) 18-positive M cells. Cyp-A was identified at the luminal surface of CK18-positive M cells in bovine jejunal and ileal FAE. The membranous localization of Cyp-A in the bovine intestinal cell line (BIE cells) increased as cells differentiated toward M cells, as determined by flow cytometry analysis. Additionally, BIE cells released Cyp-A to the extracellular space and the differentiation of BIE cells to M cells increased the secretion of Cyp-A, as determined by western blotting. Accordingly, Cyp-A may be localized in M cells in the small intestinal epithelium of cattle. The rise of the membranous localization and secretion of Cyp-A by differentiation toward M cells indicates that Cyp-A has an important role in the function of M cells. While Cyp-A of the M cell membrane may contribute to the uptake of viruses with peptidyl-prolyl cis-trans isomerase activity, in the extracellular space Cyp-A may work as a chemokine and contribute to the distribution of immuno-competent cells.


M cell Follicle associated epithelium Peyer’s patch Bovine intestinal epithelium Cyclophilin A 


Author contributions

T.H., S.S. and H.A. conception and design of research; T.H., S.S., Y.N., S.T., H.W., X.C., K.W., S.O. and H.A. performed experiments; T.H. and S.S. analyzed data; T.H., S.S., K.W., S.O., H.K., T.N. and H.A. interpreted results of experiments; T.H. and S.S. prepared figures; T.H., S.S., and S.T. drafted manuscript; T.H., S.S., M.T.R. and H.A. edited and revised the manuscript; H.A. approved final version of manuscript.


This study was supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) (no. 15H04586) and a Grant-in-Aid for Exploratory Research (no. 26660217) from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).

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No conflicts of Interest, financial or otherwise, are declared by the author(s).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tetsuya Hondo
    • 1
  • Shunsuke Someya
    • 1
  • Yuya Nagasawa
    • 1
  • Shunsuke Terada
    • 1
  • Hitoshi Watanabe
    • 1
    • 2
  • Xiangning Chen
    • 1
  • Kouichi Watanabe
    • 1
  • Shyuichi Ohwada
    • 1
  • Haruki Kitazawa
    • 3
  • Michael T. Rose
    • 4
  • Tomonori Nochi
    • 1
  • Hisashi Aso
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Cellar Biology Laboratory, Graduate School of Agricultural ScienceTohoku UniversitySendaiJapan
  2. 2.Department of Physiology and Metabolism, Brain/Liver Interface Medicine Research CenterKanazawa UniversityKanazawaJapan
  3. 3.Food Immunology Group, Graduate School of Agricultural ScienceTohoku UniversitySendaiJapan
  4. 4.Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural SciencesAberystwyth UniversityCardiganshireUK

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