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Are dendritic cells phagocytes?

Postby playreader » Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:27 pm

I can't seem to find the answer to this. My book doesn't explicitly say that dendritic cells are phagocytes, but I find some sites and articles on the web that say they are.

Eg. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17850487

Any help is appreciated :)
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Postby biohazard » Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:17 pm

Yes, dendritic cells are phagocytes.
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Postby playreader » Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:33 pm

Thank you for your feedback! Do you have a source that I can review?
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Postby biohazard » Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:08 am

Well, hmmmh. Not sure what your textbook is, but the ones I checked quite explicitly labelled dendritic cells as "professional phagocytes" - meaning that phagocytosis is one of their primary duties. You could, for example, check Janeway's Immunobiology, which is a highly regarded and widely available immunology textbook.
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Re: Are dendritic cells phagocytes?

Postby mavis » Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:10 am

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