Human Dendritic Immune Cells

Human dendritic immune cells (DC) play a key role in the immunological reactions throughout the body. DC are highly specialized antigen-presenting cells (APC) located in the skin, mucosa, and lymphoid tissues. DCs play a key role in the induction phase of contact allergenicity and can be used in vitro to study contact sensitization and other immunological reactions of the body.

Autologous T Cells (TC-100-CRY & TC-100-RT) are available upon request.


MatTek’s DCs are generated from CD34+ progenitor cells harvested from umbilical cord blood.  The proprietary method used generates a large number of cells from each individual donor, allowing for multiple experiments in which the cell origin and functionality are constant.  MatTek’s DCs express CD1a and HLA-DR and can be maintained in culture for at least 14 days without any significant changes in surface marker expression or functionality when cultured with DC-MM according to MatTek’s DC Culturing Protocol.

MatTek’s DCs were analyzed using transmission electron microscopy which show the presence of Birbeck granules, a key ultrastructural markers of DCs and LCs.  Upon stimulation with LPS and PMA, a reproducible and significant induction is observed for IL-12, MIP-1α, MIP-3α and TNFα at the gene and protein expression levels.  Furthermore, MatTek’s DCs are infectable with HIV and stimulate heterologous T Cells (TC) and autologous TCs following exposure to antigen.

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Human Dendritic Cells, 10x

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All cells are negative for mycoplasma, bacteria, yeast, and fungi. HIV-1, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C are not detected by PCR for all donors and cell lots. This product is for research use only. Not for use in animals, humans, or for diagnostic purposes. 

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MatTek’s immune cells are shipped cryopreserved on dry ice ($93 charge) or as fresh cell suspensions at room temperature. Cells are shipped every Monday. To place an order, send a message or purchase order to or call customer service at +1-508-881-6771.

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