Autoimmunity represents a caveat to the use of dendritic cells (DCs) as adjuvant for human vaccines. We derived DCs from normal BALB/c mice or from mice prone to autoimmunity (NZB × NZW) F1. We allowed DCs to phagocytose apoptotic thymocytes and vaccinated syngeneic animals. All mice developed anti-nuclear and antidsDNA Abs. Autoantibodies in normal mice were transient, without clinical or histological features of autoimmunity or tissue involvement. In contrast, autoimmunity was maintained in susceptible mice, which underwent renal failure and precociously died. The data suggest that DC vaccination consistently triggers autoimmune responses. However, clinical autoimmunity develops in susceptible subjects only.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Immunology|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 2003|
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