Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, March 25th, 2003
According to recent research from Germany, "Dendritic cells (DCs) form a network of potent antigen-presenting cells that initiate and amplify immune responses. The detection and capture of microorganisms by DCs trigger stimulus-specific maturation programs that enable DCs to convey pathogen-associated signals to the adaptive branch of the immune system. The appropriate activation of DCs is critical for their ability to direct the development of either a Th1 or a Th2 response, thereby determining the outcome of microbial infections."
"Advances in the understanding of DC...
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