UNIT 9.17 Assessment of Surface Markers and Functionality of Dendritic Cells (DCs)

  1. Rafael Nuñez

Published Online: 1 AUG 2001

DOI: 10.1002/0471142956.cy0917s17

Current Protocols in Cytometry

Current Protocols in Cytometry

How to Cite

Nuñez, R. 2001. Assessment of Surface Markers and Functionality of Dendritic Cells (DCs). Current Protocols in Cytometry. 17:9.17:9.17.1–9.17.15.

Author Information

  1. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 AUG 2001
  2. Published Print: JUL 2001


Dendritic cells are a complex group of mainly bone marrow derived cells that possess significant ability to take up, process, and present soluble antigens to responder cells in the lymphoid tissues. Characterization of DC surface markers has been a difficult task owing to the lack of appropriate reagents of sufficient specificity. Molecules closely associated with dendritic cells are being identified and investigated and flow cytometric approaches to evaluation of monoclonal antibodies against DC populations are being developed. This informative unit describes assays for determination of the existence of subsets within two DC populations, the kinetics of antigen expression, and the identification of specific markers for DC subsets. A Support Protocol presents an approach for generating dendritic cells and Langerhans cells (a skin-derived DC) from blood monocytes.