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General Features of Dendritic Cells

Abstract

The book entitled Dendritic Cells in Clinics is intended to provide insights about dendritic cells (DC) to clinicians who are handling patients with cancers, chronic diseases, autoimmune diseases, and allergic manifestations. Much information has been accumulated regarding DC biology as a consequence of extensive work by basic immunologists and clinical researchers. The knowledge about DCs should be disseminated to clinicians in an amicable way so that these results can be applied in clinics for the benefit of the patients. Various aspects of DC biology are progressing very rapidly. In this chapter, comprehensive outlines of DC have been provided so that clinicians can develop insights about the origin, the subsets, and the functions of DCs, which will help to develop roles of DCs in disease pathogenesis. Finally, DCs may be used for treating patients with different pathological conditions. In this context, we are interested in highlighting different features of human DCs. However, several important aspects of human DCs are yet to be explored. Accordingly, both murine DCs and human DCs are discussed in this chapter.

Keywords

Dendritic Cell Major Histocompatibility Complex Major Histocompatibility Complex Class Dendritic Cell Subset Dendritic Cell Population 
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