Dendritic cells (DCs) play an important role in initiating and directing T-cells towards immunity or tolerance. An important aim of emerging immunosuppressive strategies is to ensure that antigen is perceived in a tolerogenic context. This would have obvious benefit in minimising the need for long-term drug maintenance in organ transplantation, hypersensitivity and autoimmune diseases. Here we review the biology of the interplay between the DC and T-cell, with a specific focus on therapeutic drugs targeting molecules that effect their interaction and function.
Keywords: Dendritic cells, T cells, immunological synapse, antibodies, pharmacological agents, tolerance
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