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Mononuclear phagocyte diversity in the intestine.
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PMID:  22562804     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Present in all organs, mononuclear phagocytes consist of a heterogeneous population of hematopoietic cells whose main role is to ensure tissue homeostasis through their ability to scavenge cell debris, promote tissue repair and maintain tolerance to self-antigens while simultaneously inducing innate and adaptive immune responses against foreign antigens that breach the tissue. The intestinal mucosa is particularly exposed to foreign antigen, through constant exposure to high loads of commensal bacteria and dietary antigens as well as providing a site of entry for viral and bacterial pathogens. The molecular mechanisms that control the intestinal ability to distinguish between "innocuous" and "dangerous" antigens remains poorly understood although it is clear that mononuclear phagocytes play a key role in this process. This review highlights recent advances in our understanding of heterogeneous origin of the mononuclear phagocytes that inhabit the intestinal mucosa and discusses how developmental diversity allows for functional diversity to ensure intestinal integrity.
Milena Bogunovic; Arthur Mortha; Paul Andrew Muller; Miriam Merad
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-5-5
Journal Detail:
Title:  Immunologic research     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1559-0755     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-5-7     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8611087     Medline TA:  Immunol Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
The Immunology Institute, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, One Gustave L. Levy Place, New York, NY, 10029, USA,
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