Phenotype and function of murine peritoneal cavity macrophage derived-dendritic cells

Levi H Makala, Yoshifumi Nishikawa, Masayuki Mishima, Noboru Inoue, Xuenan Xuan, Hiroshi Suzuki, Kozo Fujisaki, Takeshi Mikami, Hideyuki Nagasawa

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The accessory activity was reported in murine peritoneal cavity macrophage derived dendritic cells (PEC-DC) in a mixed lymphocyte reaction (MLR). Here we continue the characterization of the generated PEC-DC using the criteria of morphology, phenotype and other accessory function. We have demonstrated that murine peritoneal cavity macrophages can be induced to differentiate in vitro into cells exhibiting typical dendritic cell (DC) morphology, phenotype and function. The proliferative capacity of the progenitors was amplified in the first step of the culture (day 0-7) using a combination of early cytokines: interleukin 4 and granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor. The second step of the culture started at day 7 with the removal of early growth factors to allow differentiation and final maturation of DC during 2 days of culture with interferon gamma plus either Toxoplasma lysate antigen (TLA) or lipopol ysaccharide (LPS), a bacterial agent as a DC maturing agent. The resulting DC population exhibited typical DC morphology and expressed higher levels of MHC class II and the co-stimulatory molecules CD80 and CD86 compared to the untreated peritoneal cells. The generated DC cells efficiently presented soluble protein antigen to CD3+ spleen T cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)813-820
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Veterinary Medical Science
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2002


  • Differentiation
  • Growth factor
  • Peritoneal cavity macrophage-derived dendritic cell
  • Progenitor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Veterinary


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