Unravelling mononuclear phagocyte heterogeneity

Geissmann, F., Gordon, S., Hume, D.A., Mowat, A.M. and Randolph, G.J. (2010) Unravelling mononuclear phagocyte heterogeneity. Nature Reviews Immunology, 10(6), pp. 453-460. (doi: 10.1038/nri2784)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nri2784

Abstract

When Ralph Steinman and Zanvil Cohn first described dendritic cells (DCs) in 1973 it took many years to convince the immunology community that these cells were truly distinct from macrophages. Almost four decades later, the DC is regarded as the key initiator of adaptive immune responses; however, distinguishing DCs from macrophages still leads to confusion and debate in the field. Here, Nature Reviews Immunology asks five experts to discuss the issue of heterogeneity in the mononuclear phagocyte system and to give their opinion on the importance of defining these cells for future research.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mowat, Professor Allan
Authors: Geissmann, F., Gordon, S., Hume, D.A., Mowat, A.M., and Randolph, G.J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation
Journal Name:Nature Reviews Immunology
ISSN:1474-1733

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