T cell-dendritic cell immunological synapses.
Dustin ML., Tseng SY., Varma R., Campi G.
Dendritic cells (DCs) are myeloid lineage cells that are imprinted by their environment and that mature in response to microbial products. A crucial role of the DC is to impart this context-specific information to T cells as well as to present self and foreign MHC-peptide complexes through formation of an immunological synapse. The structure of the T cell-DC immunological synapse departs from the canonical structure formed with B cells or with supported planar bilayers in that it has multiple foci of T-cell receptor interactions rather than a central focus. Recent studies on model systems provide insight into the mechanisms and biological consequences of the unique T cell-DC synaptic patterns.