Dendritic cells

wayne conlan wayne.conlan at
Thu Mar 29 08:44:14 EST 2001

    I remember reading an older review article in which Ralph Steinman stated
that it probably was not he best idea to have called them dendritic cells
(based on their morphology) because of the confusion this would likely cause
down the line.



"paul.fonteneau" wrote:

> 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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