Monitoring dendritic cell activation and maturation

Christophe Macri, Ben Fancke, Kristen J. Radford, Meredith O’Keeffe

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Since the 1997 discovery that the first identified human homolog of Drosophila Toll could activate the innate immune system, the innate arm of immunity has rapidly taken on a new light as an important player in the recognition of pathogens and damaged self. The recognition of danger by dendritic cells (DC) is a crucial step in activating the adaptive immune system. Different DC express varied subsets of pattern recognition receptors (PRR), enabling both overlap and exclusivity in the recognition of danger signals by DC. PRR-mediated DC maturation and activation can be measured by changes in the surface expression of costimulatory as well as coinhibitory molecules, changes in size and shape of the DC and by their production of different cytokines.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAntigen Processing
Subtitle of host publicationMethods and Protocols
EditorsPeter van Endert
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherHumana Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781493994502
ISBN (Print)9781493994496
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2019

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745


  • Dendritic cell
  • Dendritic cell activation
  • Dendritic cell maturation
  • Innate immune responses
  • Pattern recognition receptor

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