Special Issue "Dendritic Cells in Immunity and Inflammation"

A special issue of Cells (ISSN 2073-4409). This special issue belongs to the section "Cellular Immunology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Gaetano Finocchiaro
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Guest Editor
Unitof Molecular Neuro-Oncology, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico C. Besta, 20133 Milan, Italy
Interests: brain cancer; gliomas; cancer immunotherapy; cancer genetics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Since their discovery in 1973 by the Nobel laureate Ralph Steinman and his colleague Zanvil Cohn, more than 50,000 papers have been published on dendritic cells (DCs), testifying to their absolute relevance in the landscape of immunity. DCs are truly major players in the immune system and particularly in adaptive immunity. The progress in the understanding of their biology has been impressive and in close relationship with the definition of their role in diverse human diseases. The focus of this series would be exactly on this, covering disease mechanisms that are of completely different origins, like cancer, infections or autoimmune disorders. Indeed, the attempt to modulate DC functions in opposite directions well illustrates the extraordinary therapeutic potential and the biological “flexibility” of these cells. In autoimmune disorders like lupus erythematosus or multiple sclerosis (although the term of immune-mediated disorder is probably more acceptable for multiple sclerosis), the generation of tolerogenic DC is actively pursued. Recent data also raised the intriguing possibility that DCs play a role in the evolution of degenerative diseases like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. In cancer, by contrast, DC alerting and activation against nonself neoantigens is the strategy that has been under scrutiny in a number of clinical studies for several years. In this context, the interaction of DCs with T lymphocytes and natural killer cells is of paramount importance. Also important are the recent acquisitions in their classification, ways of purifications, as well as the innovations in their stimulation/activation for therapeutic purposes.

Finally, as the immunotherapy field is moving really fast, a new wave of interactions can be envisioned between DCs and the adoptive transfer of T cells, including chimeric antigen receptors, looking for possible synergies.

In this Special Issue of Cells, we invite contributions in the form of original research articles, reviews, or shorter perspective articles on all aspects related to dendritic cells and the themes above.

Dr. Gaetano Finocchiaro
Guest Editor

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  • dendritic cells and T cells
  • dendritic cells and NK cells
  • tolerogenic DC
  • dendritic cells and cancer
  • dendritic cells and immune-mediated diseases
  • adoptive immunotherapy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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