Human dendritic cells are less potent at killing Candida albicans than both monocytes and macrophages

Department of Medicine, University Medical Center St. Radboud, P.O. Box 9101, 6500 HB, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Microbes and Infection (Impact Factor: 2.86). 10/2004; 6(11):985-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.micinf.2004.05.013
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Dendritic cells (DC) function as professional phagocytes to kill Candida albicans and subsequently present it to the adaptive immune system. Monocytes, macrophages and DC were generated from five individual donors and their Candida-killing capacity and cytokine release were assessed. Compared to monocytes and macrophages, DC from healthy volunteers were significantly less effective in C. albicans--stimulated cytokine release, killing of C. albicans blastoconidia and damaging of C. albicans hyphae. In conclusion, while important as antigen-presenting cells and initiators of the adaptive immune system, DC are poor in both intracellular killing and damaging of C. albicans hyphae. Effective handling of large numbers of C. albicans is the prime task of the innate immune system consisting of large numbers of neutrophils and monocytes.

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    • "Whilst the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines can be normal, levels of anti-inflammatory cytokines are severely impaired in the TLR2 -/-mice. The authors found that this was accompanied by a substantial decrease in the CD4+CD25+ regulatory T (Treg) cell population in TLR2 -/mice (Netea et al., 2004). Furthermore, in vitro studies confirmed that enhanced survival of Treg cells was induced by TLR2 agonists; C. albicans induces immunosuppression through TLR2-derived signals that mediate increased anti-inflammatory cytokine (that is, IL- 10) production and survival of Treg cells, playing a critical role in the pathogenesis of symptomatic VVC. "

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