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Trends Microbiol. 1996 Aug;4(8):301-6.

The life and times of an intestinal M cell.

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Dept of Cellular Physiology, Babraham Institute, Cambridge, UK.


Intestinal M cells are specialized epithelial antigen-sampling cells, strategically located over mucosal lymphoid follicles. They regulate the entry of antigen required for mucosal immune responses. There are several potential mechanisms involved in the induction of intestinal M cells. Both luminal antigen and B cells appear to have an influence on these altered epithelial differentiation pathways.

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