Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Human Dendritic Cell Development, Survival and Function
Moleculaire mechanismen verantwoordelijk voor de ontwikkeling, overleving en functie van humane dendritische cellen
Dendritic cells (DC) are professional antigen presenting cells (APC) with a dual function in the immune system. On the one hand, these specialized leukocytes are equipped to alert the immune system to invading pathogens or other danger signals. On the other, DC can promote tolerogenic responses, a function believed to be of importance to avoid unlimited immune responses or immunity against self or harmless antigens. To perform these actions, DC continuously sample their antigenic environment, capturing antigens through specific receptor-mediated endocytosis, (macro)pinocytosis or phagocytosis. Recognition of potential danger leads them to instruct and activate antigen-specific adaptive immune cells. Conversely, tolerance is induced by DC that have encountered antigen in the absence of danger signals.
|Keywords||dentritic cells, immune system|
|Promotor||H.L.A. Janssen (Harry) , P.J. Coffer (Paul)|
|Publisher||Erasmus University Rotterdam|
van de Laar, L. (2011, December 21). Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Human Dendritic Cell Development, Survival and Function. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/30679