In contrast to our understanding of murine lymphoid organogenesis, detailed knowledge on the mechanisms of human lymph node development is virtually lacking. This is mainly due to the obvious difficulties that accompany research using human fetal organs. In this review we will highlight current knowledge on human lymph node and Peyer's patch development and will temporally align observations made in humans with data available from murine studies. In the final paragraphs we will put this knowledge in the context of human malignancies in which interactions between lymphocytes and stroma, resembling those seen in lymphoid organs, are recapitulated.

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Seminars in Immunology
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Hoorweg, K., & Cupedo, T. (2008). Development of human lymph nodes and Peyer's patches. Seminars in Immunology (Vol. 20, pp. 164–170). doi:10.1016/j.smim.2008.02.003