Dendritic cells (DCs) are key coordinators of the immune response, governing the choice between tolerance and immunity. DCs are professional antigen-presenting cells capable of presenting antigen on MHC molecules and priming CD4 and CD8 T-cell responses. They form a heterogeneous group of cells based on phenotype, location, and function. In this review, murine DCs will be discussed regarding their function with special emphasis on their tissue distribution. Recent findings on DC homeostasis during cancer progression will be presented. Finally, the developmental pathways leading to DC differentiation from their precursors will be summarized.
Given the vital importance of immune system research, the gathering of clear, consistent, and informative protocols involving the study of dendritic cells is paramount. Bringing the popular first edition fully up to date, Dendritic Cell Protocols, Second Edition presents protocols from experts in the field that cover the basics and more complex forays into the exploration of DC development and function, both in mice and humans. The first section of the volume involving humans explores topics such as the isolation of blood DC subtypes, primary skin Langerhans cells, and the generation of gene-manipulated human DCs with the inclusion of more clinically relevant methods as well, while the second section involving rodent models delves into DC and precursor generation in vitro, isolation ex vivo, disease models, as well as DC functions and properties. Written in the highly successful Methods in Molecular Biology series style, chapters include introductions to their respective subjects, lists of the necessary materials and reagents, step-by-step, readily reproducible laboratory protocols, and notes on troubleshooting and avoiding known pitfalls.
Comprehensive and cutting-edge, Dendritic Cell Protocols, Second Edition aims to become a bench-side handbook for both beginners and experts in the field of DC research and a long-term reference for some of the most popular methods put forward by those who lead the field.
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