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Nat Rev Microbiol. 2008 Nov;6(11):864-70. doi: 10.1038/nrmicro1988. Epub 2008 Aug 19.

What really happens to dendritic cells during malaria?

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The Queensland Institute of Medical Research, The Bancroft Centre, 300 Herston Road, Brisbane, Queensland 4006, Australia.


As dendritic cells (DCs) initiate all adaptive and some innate immune responses, it is not surprising that DC function during malaria is the subject of intensive investigations. However, the results of these investigations have so far been controversial. Here, we discuss various aspects of these studies, including the influence of the species and strain of Plasmodium on DC function, the effects of Plasmodium infection on the activation of CD8(+) T cells by DCs, the effects of haemozoin and the effects of Plasmodium infections on DC Toll-like-receptor signalling.

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