Dendritic cells

paul.fonteneau fonteno at pharma.u-strasbg.fr
Thu Mar 29 00:56:30 EST 2001


Eric Boyd wrote: 
> Are the dendritic cells involved in immune APC functions nerve cells or
> blood cells?

Definitively blood cells !!!
The are called "dendritic" only due to their appearance, not to their
lineage or their function. 
They are born in the bone marrow, in the monocyte/macrophage/dendritic
cells lineage, then they migrate to the lymph nodes (or in the skin, or
in the various tissues...), where they differentiate in so-called
"dendritic cells". But they have nothing to do with nervous system.

Paul
(sometimes immunologist...)




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