Myeloid Cell Phenotypes in Susceptibility and Resistance to Helminth Parasite Infections

Rick M Maizels, James P Hewitson

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Many major tropical diseases are caused by long-lived helminth parasites that are able to survive by modulation of the host immune system, including the innate compartment of myeloid cells. In particular, dendritic cells and macrophages show markedly altered phenotypes during parasite infections. In addition, many specialized subsets such as eosinophils and basophils expand dramatically in response to these pathogens. The changes in phenotype and function, and their effects on both immunity to infection and reactivity to bystander antigens such as allergens, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
JournalMicrobiology spectrum
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2016

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