Immunobiology of dendritic cells

Annu Rev Immunol. 2000;18:767-811. doi: 10.1146/annurev.immunol.18.1.767.

Abstract

Dendritic cells (DCs) are antigen-presenting cells with a unique ability to induce primary immune responses. DCs capture and transfer information from the outside world to the cells of the adaptive immune system. DCs are not only critical for the induction of primary immune responses, but may also be important for the induction of immunological tolerance, as well as for the regulation of the type of T cell-mediated immune response. Although our understanding of DC biology is still in its infancy, we are now beginning to use DC-based immunotherapy protocols to elicit immunity against cancer and infectious diseases.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antigen Presentation / immunology
  • Antigens / immunology
  • B-Lymphocytes / immunology
  • Dendritic Cells / classification
  • Dendritic Cells / immunology*
  • Humans
  • Lymphocyte Activation / immunology
  • T-Lymphocytes / immunology

Substances

  • Antigens