Epidermal Langerhans Cells focuses on epidermal Langerhans cells (LCs) and the important role they play in the induction of contact hypersensitivity and graft rejection. This in-depth work discusses how these antigen-presenting cells are modulated by various physicochemical agents (such as UV light) and how they can be infected by the AIDS virus. It also reveals that cytokines mediate their development into potent T cell-stimulatory dendritic cells. This comprehensive review covers important experimental details and methods, and fascinating information on LCs. It also provides an overview of the immune system as it relates to the skin in health and disease. This up-to-date publication is an indispensable resource for all investigative and clinical dermatologists, as well as immunologists interested in antigen-presenting cells.
The Fascinating Story That Began in 1868. Origin, Cell Lineage, Ontogeny, Tissue Distribution, and Kinetics of Langerhans Cells. Identification and Phenotype of Epidermal Langerhans Cells. Structural Organization and Biological Properties of Langerhans Cells. Enrichment of Epidermal Langerhans Cells. Langerhans Cells as Antigen-Presenting Cells. Langerhans Cells as Immature Dendritic Cells. Epidermal Cell Derived Secretory Regulins. The Influence of Ultraviolet Radiation and Other Physical and Chemical Agents on Epidermal Langerhans Cells. Tolerizing Versus Sensitizing Signals Derived from the Epidermis. Role of Langerhans Cells in Disease. Index.