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Plasmacytoid dendritic cell (PDC)-derived IFN-alpha plays a central role in antiviral defense and in Th1-driven autoimmune diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). In the current study, we explored how PGE2 effects the phenotype of PDCs from healthy and SLE subjects. Although PGE2 is considered to mediate mainly proinflammatory effects, we show(More)
Human plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) are crucially involved in the modulation of adaptive T-cell responses in the course of neoplastic, viral, and autoimmune disorders. In several of these diseases elevated extracellular levels of the serine protease granzyme B (GrB) are observed. Here we demonstrate that human pDCs can be an abundant source of GrB and(More)
Human plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDC) are important modulators of adaptive T cell responses during viral infections. Recently, we found that human pDC produce the serine protease granzyme B (GrB), thereby regulating T cell proliferation in a GrB-dependent manner. In this study, we demonstrate that intrinsic GrB production by pDC is significantly(More)
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