Dendritic Cells

Author: Shelley Ensz. Scleroderma is highly variable. See Types of Scleroderma. Read Disclaimer


Dendritic cells are involved in the regulation of the body's immune system response, and are thought to be a key to preventing or treating autoimmune diseases. (Also see: Causes of Scleroderma, What is Scleroderma?, Types of Scleroderma, and Systemic Sclerosis)

Anti-cancer Therapy May Help Fight Inflammation in Scleroderma (SSc) Patients, Data Suggest. These results suggest that tagraxofusp might be a potential therapeutic approach for SSc or other autoimmune diseases. Scleroderma News, 06/26/2019. (Also see Cancer)

Low RUNX3 expression alters dendritic cell function in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) and contributes to enhanced fibrosis. We show at least two pathways potentially causing low runt-related transcription factor 3 level in SSc plasmacytoid dendritic cells. PubMed, Ann Rheum Dis, 05/24/2019.

Scientists Are Teaching the Body to Accept New Organs. Patients receiving new kidneys and livers must take damaging anti–rejection drugs for the rest of their lives, but now researchers hope to train the immune system instead of just tamping it down. New York Times, 01/22/2019. (Also see Immunosuppressants)

Plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDC) promote systemic sclerosis (SSc) with a key role for TLR8. We conclude that the pDC is an essential cell type involved in the pathogenesis of SSc and its removal using depleting antibodies or attenuating pDC function could be a novel approach to treat SSc patients. PubMed, Sci Transl Med, 2018 Jan 10;10(423).

Dendritic cells (DC) maintain dermal adipose–derived stromal cells (ADSCs) in skin fibrosis. These findings provide insight into the effects of skin fibrosis on the dermal white adipose tissue ADSCs, identify a DC-ADSC survival axis in fibrotic skin, and suggest an approach for improving mesenchymal stromal cell therapy in scleroderma and other diseases. PubMed, 10/10/2016.

Contribution of Dendritic cells (DCs) to the autoimmune pathology of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. In this review article the authors discuss the most relevant data relative to the contribution of DCs to the triggering of SLE. PubMed, Immunology.

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