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glossary:dendritic_cells

Plural - Dendritic cell

A special type of cell that is a key regulator of the immune system, acting as a professional antigen-presenting cell (APC) capable of activating naïve T cells and stimulating the growth and differentiation of B cells.

Dendritic cells are found, for example, in the lymph nodes and spleen. As an APC, a dendritic cell can retain antigen for long periods on its surface, present the antigen to a T or B cell and so influence their behavior.

The word “dendritic” means “branched like a tree.” It comes from the Greek “dendron” (tree).

glossary/dendritic_cells.txt · Last modified: 2012/10/16 14:40 (external edit)