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The Ins and Outs of Body Surface Immunology

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Science  06 Oct 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5489, pp. 97-100
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5489.97

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Abstract

Rather than being confined to the secondary lymphoid tissue of the spleen and lymph nodes, large numbers of lymphocytes are intrinsically associated with the epithelial surfaces of the body. The best studied is gut-associated lymphoid tissue, but distinct epithelium-associated lymphoid tissue also exists in the reproductive tract, the lung, and the skin. The multiple cell types and functions composing these lymphoid tissues are increasingly seen as the key to how antigens delivered to body surfaces can elicit either immunogenic or tolerogenic responses. In some instances, these responses occur purely within the local body surface tissue, yet in other cases both local and systemic responses are elicited.

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