TLR-dependent activation stimuli associated with Th1 responses confer NK cell stimulatory capacity to mouse dendritic cells

Ivan Zanoni, Maria Foti, Paola Ricciardi-Castagnoli, Francesca Granucci

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Abstract

Dendritic cells (DCs) have an important role in the activation of NK cells that exert direct antitumor and antimicrobial effects and can influence the development of adaptive T cell responses. DCs acquire NK cell stimulatory capacity after exposure to various stimuli. In this study we investigated the nature of the stimuli that confer to DCs the NK cell-activating capacity. After exposure of DCs to TLR-dependent and -independent microbial stimuli and to nonmicrobial stimuli, we evaluated the ability of activated DCs to elicit IFN-γ production from NK cells in vitro and to promote NK cell activation in vivo. We show in this study that only TLR-dependent microbial stimuli typically associated with Th1 responses confer to DCs the ability to activate NK cells, whereas stimuli associated with Th2 responses do not have this property.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-292
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Immunology
Volume175
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology

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