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Mol Immunol. 2008 Oct;45(16):4064-72. doi: 10.1016/j.molimm.2008.07.015.

Complement production and regulation by dendritic cells: molecular switches between tolerance and immunity.

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Department of Nephrology, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands.


In recent years it has become clear that the innate and adaptive immune systems are highly integrated and interact at several levels. Dendritic cells (DCs) are on the one hand instrumental for directing and controlling adaptive immunity and on the other hand are specialized in detecting and integrating signals from the microenvironment. In view of the strong link between deficiencies in certain complement components and the development of autoimmunity, interaction between complement and DCs seems to be of fundamental importance. We will discuss the role of C1q, C3, as well as complement regulators in DC biology.

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