T cell polarisation by dendritic cells: a role for Notch ligands?
Worsley, Alan GF
The intention of the work described in this thesis was to identify whether the Notch signalling pathway is utilized by antigen presenting cells in order to influence CD4+ adaptive immune responses. The notion that Notch proteins may be involved in polarising CD4+ T cells is relatively recent and most of the work that had been done in this area so far has concentrated on the consequences of Notch signalling within T cells. In contrast, the work that I have done has focussed on Notch ligand expression by antigen presenting cells and addresses the question whether Notch signalling is a redundant, necessary or irrelevant tool in the arsenal of antigen presentation.