dendritic cell

noun

Definition of dendritic cell 

: any of various antigen-presenting cells with long irregular processes

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Among a second cohort of 10 patients who got bevacizumab and dendritic cell vaccine alone (but no cyclophosphamide), only 30 percent survived to the two-year mark. Melissa Healy, Washington Post, "Personalized vaccine helps patients fight ovarian cancer," 22 Apr. 2018 Among a second cohort of 10 patients who got bevacizumab and dendritic cell vaccine alone (but no cyclophosphamide), only 30% survived to the two-year mark. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "A personalized vaccine helps patients fight back against ovarian cancer," 12 Apr. 2018 Within the immune system, dendritic cells act as clever spies. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Ovarian cancer vaccine shows promising results in human study," 11 Apr. 2018 In the cord blood of preterm infants, UCSF postdoctoral fellow Michela Frascoli found an abundance of mature T cells and mature dendritic cells, which activate the immune system. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "Could out-of-whack fetal immune systems prompt preterm labor?," 25 Apr. 2018 Using ground-up cells from a patient’s tumor, researchers trained the dendritic cells to recognize and attack that specific malignancy. Melissa Healy, Washington Post, "Personalized vaccine helps patients fight ovarian cancer," 22 Apr. 2018 Using ground-up cells from a patient's tumor, researchers trained the dendritic cells to recognize and attack that specific malignancy. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "A personalized vaccine helps patients fight back against ovarian cancer," 12 Apr. 2018 The scientists made each unique vaccine using a patient's tumor (stored and preserved before surgery) and dendritic cells from her blood. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Ovarian cancer vaccine shows promising results in human study," 11 Apr. 2018 In October 2014, Bochco received a stem cell transplant from a 23-year-old man named Jon Kayne, which helped Bochco temporarily beat back a rare form of leukemia called blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "'NYPD Blue,' 'LA Law,' 'Hill Street Blues' creator Steven Bochco dead at 74," 1 Apr. 2018

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dendritic cell

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Medical Definition of dendritic cell 

: any of various antigen-presenting cells with long irregular processes Dendritic cells play a key role in activating an immune response—whether against a foreign microbe or a damaged body cell … —Patrick Barry, Science News, 11 Aug. 2007 Dendritic cells' key role in priming the immune system gives them formidable potential as therapeutic vaccines for fighting cancers and viruses such as HIV.Scientific American, December 2004

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