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Journal of Immunology Research
Volume 2015, Article ID 743169, 15 pages
Review Article

Regulation of Dendritic Cell Function in Inflammation

Institut für Pharmazie (Pharmakologie und Toxikologie), Freie Universität Berlin, 14195 Berlin, Germany

Received 19 March 2015; Accepted 16 June 2015

Academic Editor: David Kaplan

Copyright © 2015 André Said and Günther Weindl. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Dendritic cells (DC) are professional antigen presenting cells and link the innate and adaptive immune system. During steady state immune surveillance in skin, DC act as sentinels against commensals and invading pathogens. Under pathological skin conditions, inflammatory cytokines, secreted by surrounding keratinocytes, dermal fibroblasts, and immune cells, influence the activation and maturation of different DC populations including Langerhans cells (LC) and dermal DC. In this review we address critical differences in human DC subtypes during inflammatory settings compared to steady state. We also highlight the functional characteristics of human DC subsets in inflammatory skin environments and skin diseases including psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. Understanding the complex immunoregulatory role of distinct DC subsets in inflamed human skin will be a key element in developing novel strategies in anti-inflammatory therapy.