Hungarian Immunology

[Toll-like receptors and epithelial cells]


FEBRUARY 15, 2004

Hungarian Immunology - 2004;3(02)

[Toll-like receptors have been extensively studied in the last few years. These receptors are involved in the mechanisms how microbes and infections are linked to natural immunity and some autoimmune-inflammatory processes. Here author reviews the latest news on Tolllike receptors with much emphasis on their role on epithelial cells. Therapeutic strategies targeting Toll-like receptors are also discussed.]



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