Requirement of Rac1 and Rac2 Expression by Mature Dendritic Cells for T Cell Priming

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Science  20 Aug 2004:
Vol. 305, Issue 5687, pp. 1150-1153
DOI: 10.1126/science.1099159

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Upon maturation, dendritic cells (DCs) acquire the unique ability to activate naïve T cells. We used time-lapse video microscopy and two-photon imaging of intact lymph nodes to showthat after establishing initial contact between their dendrites and naïve T lymphocytes, mature DCs migrate toward the contacted lymphocytes. Subsequently, the DCs tightly entrap the T cells within a complex net of membrane extensions. The Rho family guanosine triphosphatases Rac1 and Rac2 but not Rho itself control the formation of dendrites in mature DCs, their polarized short-range migration toward T cells, and T cell priming.

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