The cell surface phenotype of human dendritic cells.

Affiliation

Dendritic Cell Research, ANZAC Research Institute, Concord, NSW, Australia; Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

Dendritic cells (DC) are bone marrow derived leucocytes that are part of the mononuclear phagocytic system. These are surveillance cells found in all tissues and, as specialised antigen presenting cells, direct immune responses. Membrane molecules on the DC surface form a landscape that defines them as leucocytes and part of the mononuclear phagocytic system, interacts with their environment and directs interactions with other cells. This review describes the DC surface landscape, reflects on the different molecules confirmed to be on their surface and how they provide the basis for manipulation and translation of the potent functions of these cells into new diagnostics and immune therapies for the clinic.

Keywords

CD molecules,Cell surface molecules,DC phenotype,DC subsets,Monoclonal antibodies,

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