The guard posts of the immune system

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The dendritic cells are named after the ramifications of their cell membrane, with which they can scan tissue and recognise pathogens. The cells, which are therefore also known as guard cells of the immune system, bind such foreign structures or parts of tumour cells, process them and move to the nearest lymph node. There they alert other immune cells such as T cells and trigger an immune response. "Dendritic cells connect the innate and the acquired immune system," says Diana Dudziak. ...

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