Antigen in the Presence of DAMPs Induces Immunostimulatory Dendritic Cells to Promote Destructive Adaptive Immune Responses

  • Walter Gottlieb Land


This chapter highlights the role of DAMPs in the induction/activation of immunostimulatory dendritic cells which are regarded as the key cells for eliciting antigen-specific destructive adaptive immune responses. Various classes of DAMPs collaborate to promote the acquisition of immunogenic properties of dendritic cells which are characterized by upregulated expression of major histocompatibility molecules (signal 1), upregulation of costimulatory molecule expression (signal 2), and secretion of T cell-polarizing cytokines (signal 3). These three signals are needed to fully activate naïve T cells to proliferate and differentiate into different effector cell subsets of the adaptive immune response. Depending on the secretion by dendritic cells of different T cell-polarizing cytokines, naïve CD4+ T cells differentiate into several T helper cell subsets including but not limited to T helper 1, T helper 2, T helper 17, and memory T cells. These and other CD4+ T cell subsets are complemented by separate dendritic cell-promoted activation of cytotoxic CD8+ T cells including memory T cells. Besides their role in T cell-mediated adaptive immunity, immunostimulatory dendritic cells are also involved in B cell-mediated humoral immunity. In this scenario, follicular dendritic cells activate follicular T helper cells which in turn assist in B cell activation. Although peptide-specific follicular T helper cells are required for B cell responses to protein antigens, some nonprotein antigens such as bacterial polysaccharides can induce B cell activation in the absence of this type of helper cells. Final antibody production is produced by terminally differentiated B cells, known as plasmablasts and plasma cells, the formation of which is associated with marked alterations in the morphology, gene expression profile, and lifespan of the differentiated antibody-secreting cells. Together, depending on (1) the origin, nature, quality, and quantity of the underlying cell stress/tissue injury, (2) the consequential composition of various subclasses of DAMPs and their collaboration as well as (3) in the context of the microenvironment, immunostimulatory dendritic cells differentiate which induce distinct tailored, the respective situation adapted, that is “adaptive” immune responses.


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  1. 1.University of StrasbourgMolecular ImmunoRheumatology, Laboratory of Excellence TransplantexStrasbourgFrance

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