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Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), or prion diseases, are neurological diseases that can be transmitted through a number of different routes. A wide range of mammalian species are affected by the disease. After peripheral exposure, some TSE agents accumulate in lymphoid tissues at an early stage of disease prior to spreading to the nerves and the brain. Much research has focused on identifying the cells and molecules involved in the transmission of TSE agents from the site of exposure to the brain and several crucial cell types have been associated with this process. The identification of the key cells that influence the different stages of disease transmission might identify targets for therapeutic intervention. This review highlights the involvement of mononuclear phagocytes in TSE disease. Current data suggest these cells may exhibit a diverse range of roles in TSE disease from the transport or destruction of TSE agents in lymphoid tissues, to mediators or protectors of neuropathology in the brain.
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1/08/10 → 31/07/11
Determining the role of cxcr5-expressing dendritic cells in imune function and tse agent neuroinvasion from the intestine
1/05/09 → 30/09/12