Conjunctiva-associated lymphoid tissue - current knowledge, animal models and experimental prospects.

The conjunctiva contains organized lymphoid tissue that consists of intraepithelial lymphocytes, subepithelial lymphoid follicles and adjacent lymphatics and blood vessels. This conjunctiva-associated lymphoid tissue (CALT) is assumed to play a key role in the protection of the ocular surface by initiating and regulating immune responses. The article… (More)