The mononuclear phagocyte system (MPS) comprises monocytes, macrophages and dendritic cells. Tissue phagocytes share several cell surface markers, phagocytic capability and myeloid classification; however, the factors that regulate the differentiation, homeostasis and function of macrophages and dendritic cells remain largely unknown. The purpose of this manuscript is to review the tools that are currently available and those that are under development to study the origin and function of mononuclear phagocytes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)788-798
Number of pages11
JournalNature Reviews Immunology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2011


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