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J Exp Med. 1999 Jan 18;189(2):371-80.

Fcgamma receptor-mediated induction of dendritic cell maturation and major histocompatibility complex class I-restricted antigen presentation after immune complex internalization.

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  • 1Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale CJF 95-01, Institut Curie, Section Recherche, 75005 Paris, France.


Dendritic cells (DCs) express several receptors for the Fc portion of immunoglobulin (Ig)G (FcgammaR), which mediate internalization of antigen-IgG complexes (immune complexes, ICs) and promote efficient major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II-restricted antigen presentation. We now show that FcgammaRs have two additional specific attributes in murine DCs: the induction of DC maturation and the promotion of efficient MHC class I-restricted presentation of peptides from exogenous, IgG-complexed antigens. Both FcgammaR functions require the FcgammaR-associated gamma chain. FcgammaR-mediated MHC class I-restricted antigen presentation is extremely sensitive and specific to immature DCs. It requires proteasomal degradation and is dependent on functional peptide transporter associated with antigen processing, TAP1-TAP2. By promoting DC maturation and presentation on both MHC class I and II molecules, ICs should efficiently sensitize DCs for priming of both CD4(+) helper and CD8(+) cytotoxic T lymphocytes in vivo.

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