Splenic langerin(+) CD8α(+) dendritic cells (DCs) have exhibited a critical role in cross-priming CD8(+) T cell responses. To further study the roles of this DC subset, a protocol for the continuous depletion of langerin(+) CD8α(+) DCs was established using the pre-existing lang-DTREGFP mouse model. Due to the fast turnover rate of splenic CD8α(+) DCs, maintaining the depletion of langerin(+) CD8α(+) DCs required multiple diphtheria toxin (DT) treatments. We found that prolonged treatment with DT did not cause weight loss, or neutrophilia, as reported in some DT-based depletion models. Therefore, the in vivo depletion of murine langerin(+) CD8α(+) DCs can be maintained over time to analyse their function during the full course of an immune response.
Keywords: Dendritic cells; Depletion; Diphtheria toxin; Langerin.
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