Harnessing dendritic cells for the induction of transplantation tolerance.
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The unique properties of dendritic cells (DC) lend themselves to the modulation of antigen-specific immune responses, including allograft rejection. Central to their modulatory function is the capacity of DC to polarize naïve T cells towards a regulatory phenotype and to expand existing regulatory T cells (Treg). This review draws on current understanding of the interaction between these critical cell types to evaluate prospects for the use of DC as a therapeutic regimen. ...Expand abstract
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