Dendritic cells and macrophages form a transepithelial network against foreign particulate antigens

Blank, Fabian; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara; Gehr, Peter (2007). Dendritic cells and macrophages form a transepithelial network against foreign particulate antigens. American journal of respiratory cell and molecular biology, 36(6), pp. 669-77. New York, N.Y.: American Lung Association 10.1165/rcmb.2006-0234OC

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Fine particles (0.1-2.5 microm in diameter) may cause increased pulmonary morbidity and mortality. We demonstrate with a cell culture model of the human epithelial airway wall that dendritic cells extend processes between epithelial cells through the tight junctions to collect particles in the "luminal space" and to transport them through cytoplasmic processes between epithelial cells across the epithelium or to transmigrate through the epithelium to take up particles on the epithelial surface. Furthermore, dendritic cells interacted with particle-loaded macrophages on top of the epithelium and with other dendritic cells within or beneath the epithelium to take over particles. By comparing the cellular interplay of dendritic cells and macrophages across epithelial monolayers of different transepithelial electrical resistance, we found that more dendritic cells were involved in particle uptake in A549 cultures showing a low transepithelial electrical resistance compared with dendritic cells in16HBE14o cultures showing a high transepithelial electrical resistance 10 min (23.9% versus 9.5%) and 4 h (42.1% versus 14.6%) after particle exposition. In contrast, the macrophages in A549 co-cultures showed a significantly lower involvement in particle uptake compared with 16HBE14o co-cultures 10 min (12.8% versus 42.8%) and 4 h (57.4% versus 82.7%) after particle exposition. Hence we postulate that the epithelial integrity influences the particle uptake by dendritic cells, and that these two cell types collaborate as sentinels against foreign particulate antigen by building a transepithelial interacting cellular network.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Anatomy
04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > BioMedical Research (DBMR) > Forschungsbereich Mu50 > Forschungsgruppe Pneumologie (Erwachsene)

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Blank, Fabian, Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara, Gehr, Peter






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04 Oct 2013 14:55

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