Involvement of dendritic cells in autoimmune diseases in children

Journal Article (Review;Journal)

Dendritic cells (DCs) are professional antigen-presenting cells that are specialized in the uptake of antigens and their transport from peripheral tissues to the lymphoid organs. Over the last decades, the properties of DCs have been intensely studied and much knowledge has been gained about the role of DCs in various diseases and health conditions where the immune system is involved, particularly in cancer and autoimmune disorders. Emerging clues in autoimmune diseases, suggest that dendritic cell dysregulation might be involved in the development of various autoimmune disorders in both adults and children. However, studies investigating a possible contribution of DCs in autoimmune diseases in the pediatric population alone are scanty. The purpose of this review is to give a general overview of the current literature on the relevance of dendritic cells in the most common autoimmune conditions of childhood. © 2007 de Padilla and Reed; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • López de Padilla, CM; Reed, AM

Published Date

  • July 11, 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 5 /

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1546-0096

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1186/1546-0096-5-16

Citation Source

  • Scopus