Immunofluorescent characterization of Non-Myelinating schwann cells and their interactions with immune cells in mouse mesenteric lymph node
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© Z. Shi et al., 2017 Licensee PAGEPress, Italy. The central nervous system (CNS) influences the immune system in a general fashion by regulating the systemic concentration of humoral substances, whereas the autonomic nervous system communicates specifically with the immune system according to local interactions. Data concerning the mechanisms of this bidirectional crosstalk of the peripheral nervous system (PNS) and immune system remain lim-limited. To gain a better understanding of local interactions of the PNS and immune sys-system, we have used immunofluorescent tem, staining of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), coupled with confocal microscopy, to investigate the non-myelinating Schwann cell (NMSC)-immune cell interactions inmouse mesenteric lymph nodes. Our results demonstrate i) the presence of extensive NMSC processes and even of cell bodies in each compartment of the mouse mesenteric lymph node; ii) c lose associations/interactions of NMSC processes with blood vessels (including high endothelial venules) and the lymphatic vessel/sinus; iii) close contacts/associations of NMSC processes with various subsets of dendritic cells (such as CD4 + CD11c + , CD8 + CD11c + dendritic cells), macrophages (F4/80 + and CD11b + macrophages), and lymphocytes. Our novel findings concerning the distribution of NMSCs and NMSC-immune cell interactions inside the mouse lymph node should help to elucidate the mechanisms through which the PNS affects cellular-and humoral-mediated immune responses or vice versa in health and disease.
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