Blood dendritic cells and DC-poietins in systemic lupus erythematosus Academic Article Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Cytokines
  • Inflammation
  • Interleukins
  • T-Lymphocytes, Regulatory


  • Dendritic cells (DCs) control immunity and tolerance. Hence, we surmised that systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a systemic autoimmune disease with autoreactive T and B cells, might be due to alterations in DC homeostasis. Taken together, our results demonstrate profound alterations of DCs and DC-poietins homeostasis in SLE. Elevated levels of interferon-alpha (IFN) in serum of SLE patients coexist with decreased numbers of cells producing IFN-alpha, i.e., plasmacytoid dendritic cells (PDCs). Decreased numbers of circulating DCs correlate with increased levels of soluble tumor necrosis factor (TNF) receptors, thus suggesting the potential role of TNF pathway in the observed DC alterations. Finally, increased FMS-like tyrosine kinase 3-ligand (FLT3-L) and its correlation with soluble TNF receptors suggest a physiologic response to compensate low DC numbers. Although IFN-alpha remains at the center of immunologic aberrations in SLE, it remains to be determined whether increased shedding of soluble TNF receptors could also be ascribed to IFN-alpha.

publication date

  • December 2002



  • Academic Article


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S0198-8859(02)00756-5

PubMed ID

  • 12480261

Additional Document Info

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  • 1172

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  • 80


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