Mouse Lymph Node Follicular Dendritic Cells: Quantitative Analysis and Isolation

  • Ernst Heinen
  • Cécile Kinet-Denoël
  • Daniel Radoux
  • Léon Simar


Follicular dendritic cells (FDC) are peculiar non-lymphoid cells only present in lymph follicles especially in germinal centers. They retain antigens in form of immune complexes on the surface of their membranes (1, 2, 3). Few data are available concerning their nature, origin and function. Their study is difficult as they represent only a low percentage of the cell population inside the germinal centers. Recently we achieved the isolation of FDC from human tonsils and adenoids (4). After isolation human FDC form spherical structures where they envelope lymphoid cells (mainly B cells, some T helper cells) with their cytoplasmic extensions. Isolated tonsillar FDC bear IgM, IgA, IgG and IGE but no IgD on their surface. They share also some antigens with macrophages (HLA-DR and Leu-M3) and express, at high density, C3b and Fc receptors (5).


Gold Particle Lymphoid Cell Germinal Center Mouse Lymph Node Follicular Dendritic Cell 
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bovine serum albumin


follicular dendritic cell


goat anti-mouse immunoglobulins bound to 20 nm gold particles


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ernst Heinen
    • 1
  • Cécile Kinet-Denoël
    • 1
  • Daniel Radoux
    • 1
  • Léon Simar
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Human HistologyUniversity of LiègeLiègeBelgium

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