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Int J Biol Sci 2011; 7(9):1311-1322. doi:10.7150/ijbs.7.1311

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Regulating the Adaptive Immune Response to Blood-Stage Malaria: Role of Dendritic Cells and CD4+Foxp3+ Regulatory T Cells

Mary M. Stevenson, Rebecca Ing, Floriana Berretta, Jenny Miu

Centre for the Study of Host Resistance and Centre for Host-Parasite Interactions, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre and Department of Medicine, McGill University Montreal, Quebec.

Abstract

Although a clearer understanding of the underlying mechanisms involved in protection and immunopathology during blood-stage malaria has emerged, the mechanisms involved in regulating the adaptive immune response especially those required to maintain a balance between beneficial and deleterious responses remain unclear. Recent evidence suggests the importance of CD11c+ dendritic cells (DC) and CD4+Foxp3+ regulatory T cells in regulating immune responses during infection and autoimmune disease, but information concerning the contribution of these cells to regulating immunity to malaria is limited. Here, we review recent findings from our laboratory and others in experimental models of malaria in mice and in Plasmodium-infected humans on the roles of DC and natural regulatory T cells in regulating adaptive immunity to blood-stage malaria.

Keywords: malaria, Plasmodium, immune responses, dendritic cells, regulatory T cells

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How to cite this article:
Stevenson MM, Ing R, Berretta F, Miu J. Regulating the Adaptive Immune Response to Blood-Stage Malaria: Role of Dendritic Cells and CD4+Foxp3+ Regulatory T Cells. Int J Biol Sci 2011; 7(9):1311-1322. doi:10.7150/ijbs.7.1311. Available from http://www.ijbs.com/v07p1311.htm