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plasmacytoid dendritic cell

Friday 2 October 2009

CD123-positive plasmacytoid dendritic cells, plasmacytoid dendritic cells; natural interferon−producing cells; plasmacytoid dendritic cells

Definition: Human and mouse plasmacytoid dendritic cells have been shown to correspond to a specialized cell population that produces large amounts of type I interferons in response to viruses, the so-called "natural interferon−producing cells".

As a result, intensive investigation is now focused on the potential functions of plasmacytoid dendritic cells in both innate and adaptive immunity.


- blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BBDCN) (19956058)

- Plasmacytoid dendritic cells (PDC) play a crucial role in the initiation of immune responses and activation of T-cells and B-cells.

- In primary cutaneous marginal zone B-cell lymphoma (PCMZL) (19718787)

  • The detection of larger clusters of PDC in PCMZL provides a useful adjunctive diagnostic marker and suggests a pathogenetically relevant role of these cells in PCMZL.
  • The occurrence of PDC could explain the high number of T-cells typically found in PCMZL.
  • PCMZL can be consider as a unique and potentially antigen-driven neoplasm with PDC, T-cells, and B-cells as the constitutive tumor components.


- Plasmacytoid dendritic cells in immunity (PDF)

- Immunohistochemical Discrimination of Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cells (PDF)


- Plasmacytoid dendritic cells in immunity: Review - Nature Immunology 5, 1219 - 1226 (2004)


- Cutaneous Manifestations of Blastic Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm-Morphologic and Phenotypic Variability in a Series of 33 Patients. Cota C, Vale E, Viana I, Requena L, Ferrara G, Anemona L, Metze D, Fink-Puches R, Wiesner T, Cerroni L. Am J Surg Pathol. 2009 Dec 2. PMID: 19956058

- CD123-positive plasmacytoid dendritic cells in primary cutaneous marginal zone B-cell lymphoma: diagnostic and pathogenetic implications. Kutzner H, Kerl H, Pfaltz MC, Kempf W. Am J Surg Pathol. 2009 Sep;33(9):1307-13. PMID: 19718787

- CD4(+) CD56(+) lineage-negative malignancies are rare tumors of plasmacytoid dendritic cells. Reichard KK, Burks EJ, Foucar MK, Wilson CS, Viswanatha DS, Hozier JC, Larson RS. Am J Surg Pathol. 2005 Oct;29(10):1274-83. PMID: 16160468