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Synovial fluid CD1c+ myeloid dendritic cells – the inflammatory picture emerges

Ranjeny Thomas

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The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute, Translational Research Institute, Princess Alexandra Hospital, 37 Kent St, Woolloongabba, QLD 4102, Australia

Arthritis Research & Therapy 2013, 15:128  doi:10.1186/ar4420

See related research by Moret et al.

Published: 23 December 2013


Dendritic cells (DCs) comprise a heterogeneous group of antigen-presenting cells with many specialized functions, including essential constitutive roles in priming immune and autoimmune responses and in the maintenance of peripheral self-tolerance. At the interface of the innate and adaptive immune systems, they contribute considerably to the production of inflammatory and anti-inflammatory mediators with diverse functions. Emerging evidence suggests that the wide involvement of DCs in immunity and tolerance reflects the function of specialized DC subsets.