Analysis of HLDA9 mAbs on plasmacytoid dendritic cells

Immunol Lett. 2011 Jan 30;134(2):167-73. doi: 10.1016/j.imlet.2010.09.020. Epub 2010 Oct 7.


Dendritic cells are a heterogeneous population of bone marrow derived leucocytes that play a crucial role in both pathogen recognition and the initiation of primary T cell immune responses. Plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs), also known as natural interferon-producing cells, comprise one of two major human dendritic cell subsets that strongly influences immune balance. pDCs remain a poorly characterized subset. Several studies have suggested the existence of a close phenotypic and functional relationship between B-cells and pDCs. The surface reactivity of a panel of 96 monoclonal antibodies submitted to the ninth Human Leukocyte Differentiation Antigens workshop (HLDA9) B cell section was analyzed using pDCs as target cells. The results showed that eight of the mAbs reacted positively on pDCs: CD86, CD229, CD319, CD305, CD184, CD84, CD85g and FcɛRIa, confirming previously published reports. Interestingly, this study also revealed the expression of eight surface molecules not previously described on pDCs, including CD352(NTBA), CD272(BTLA), CD357(GITR), CD48, CD270(HVEM), Galectin-3, CD148, and CD361. The present report summarizes the expression of these molecules on freshly isolated pDCs. Significantly, we have identified several new molecules expressed by these intriguing cells, ones we believe will open new avenues for the study of pDC functionality and their role in human health and diseases.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / immunology*
  • Antigens, CD / immunology*
  • Dendritic Cells / immunology*
  • Humans
  • Immunophenotyping


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Antigens, CD