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Dendritic cells (DCs) are myeloid lineage cells that are imprinted by their environment and that mature in response to microbial products. A crucial role of the DC is to impart this context-specific information to T cells as well as to present self and foreign MHC-peptide complexes through formation of an immunological synapse. The structure of the T cell-DC immunological synapse departs from the canonical structure formed with B cells or with supported planar bilayers in that it has multiple foci of T-cell receptor interactions rather than a central focus. Recent studies on model systems provide insight into the mechanisms and biological consequences of the unique T cell-DC synaptic patterns.

Original publication




Journal article


Curr Opin Immunol

Publication Date





512 - 516


Animals, Cell Communication, Cell Membrane, Dendritic Cells, Humans, Lipid Bilayers, T-Lymphocytes