Author(s): Friedl P, Gunzer M
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Abstract Primary immune responses are initiated by specific physical interaction of antigen-specific T cells and professional antigen-presenting cells (APCs). Productive interactions can be a dynamic process that combines physical T-cell binding to APCs with vigorous crawling across and scanning of the APC surface, resulting in signal induction. After T-cell detachment, subsequent migratory contacts to the same or neighboring dendritic cells (DCs) allow the accumulation of sequential signals and interaction time. Here, we develop a serial encounter model of T-cell activation and discuss how the summation of multiple signals provides an efficient strategy to control an ongoing immune response.
This article was published in Trends Immunol
and referenced in Journal of Microbial & Biochemical Technology