The regulatory role of dendritic cells in the induction and maintenance of T-cell tolerance

Ivan Zanoni, Francesca Granucci

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The induction and maintenance of T-cell tolerance to tissue antigens is essential to prevent autoimmunity. Combinations of central and peripheral mechanisms act in parallel to inactivated, eliminated or control autoreactive T cells. Both centrally and peripherally, a key requirement for self-tolerance is the presentation of self-antigens in a correct context. There is now evidence to suggest that dendritic cells (DCs) play a fundamental role in the development of central and peripheral tolerance. In this review, we summarize recent progress toward the definition of the multiple roles of DCs in these processes. We will also discuss the association between defects in the DC compartment and the development of autoimmune responses, with particular reference to DC deregulation in the context of type I diabetes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-32
Number of pages10
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011



  • Autoimmunity
  • Dendritic cells
  • Interleukin-2
  • Regulatory T cells
  • Tolerance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Immunology and Allergy

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