The study and characterization of dendritic cells have deserved many efforts during the past years. This was motivated essentially because of their capacity to present antigens. So dendritic cells are named the professional antigen presenting cells. This capacity makes these cells responsible to engage the immune response and, by extension, of the pathologies related to antigen presentation, i.e. some autoimmune diseases. Some of these, including rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus, are subjects of interest for reumatologists. Research during the past decade has permitted the characterization, at least in part, of the role that dendritic cells play in the development of those pathologies. The generated knowledge will help to find better treatments for these diseases.
|Journal||Seminarios de la Fundacion Espanola de Reumatologia|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sep 2003|
- Dendritic cells
- Rheumatoid arthritis