A Close Encounter of the Third Kind. Monocyte-Derived Cells

Alexander Mildner, Simon Yona, Steffen Jung*

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Recent insights into discrete myeloid developmental pathways have provided critical information about the organization of the murine mononuclear phagocyte compartment. Short-lived dendritic cells (DCs) have been shown to continuously arise from dedicated bone marrow-derived precursors. In contrast, it is now appreciated that most tissue macrophage populations are established before birth and subsequently maintain themselves throughout adulthood by longevity and limited self-renewal. Both of these classical tissue-resident mononuclear phagocyte compartments can be complemented on demand by monocyte infiltrates giving rise to macrophage or DC-like cells, depending on the tissue context they encounter upon extravasation. Monocytes hence have emerged as a versatile emergency squad that can be rapidly recruited to sites of injury to provide a transient supplement with proinflammatory or resolving activities for local mononuclear phagocytes.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationAdvances in Immunology
PublisherAcademic Press Inc.
Number of pages35
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAdvances in Immunology
ISSN (Print)0065-2776
ISSN (Electronic)1557-8445

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) Research Unit (FOR) 1336. S.J. is a Helmsley Scholar at the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. A.M. was a fellow of the Minerva Foundation.


  • Dendritic cells
  • Macrophages
  • Monocytes


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