A whodunit: an appointment with death

Laboratory of Dendritic Cell Biology, Immunology Department, INSERM U818 & Institut Pasteur, Paris 75724, France.
Current opinion in immunology (Impact Factor: 7.48). 02/2010; 22(1):94-108. DOI: 10.1016/j.coi.2010.01.023
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This is the tale of murder, suicide, evolution, and resurrection, taking place in four parts, and all in the name of antigen cross-priming. We invite you to explore the dark mysteries lurking within each of us as you are guided through circuitous cellular pathways in a merciless fight for survival... with viral immunity being the grand finale?!

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    • "In the latter model system, the use of transgenic mice expressing inhibitors of apoptosis in beta cells and the in vivo injection of biochemical modulators of death pathways have confirmed the critical role for cell death in both antigen transfer and T cell activation (Hugues et al., 2002; Turley et al., 2003; Giodini and Albert, 2010; Locher et al., 2010; Flinsenberg et al., 2011). Over the last decade, there has been an explosion of information regarding cell stress and cell death. "
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    • "Notably, the initial studies employed an IVA infection model, after the transfer of matrix 1 (M1) from infected donor cells to uninfected human cDCs competent in presenting peptide epitopes derived from M1 on major histocompatibility class I (MHC I) molecules (Albert et al., 1998b; Albert et al., 1998a). More recently, it was suggested that autophagic processes within the dying IVA-infected cells are critical for achieving efficient antigen transfer and crosspriming (Giodini and Albert, 2010; Uhl et al., 2009). Intriguingly, M2-mediated inhibition may be central to these biologic pathways as inferred from the seminal observation that chloroquine, "
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