In Vivo Analysis of Intestinal Mononuclear Phagocytes

  • Caterina Curato
  • Biana Bernshtein
  • Tegest Aychek
  • Steffen JungEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1423)


The study of the intestinal dendritic cell (DC) compartment, its homeostasis, regulation, and response to challenges calls for the investigation within the physiological tissue context comprising the unique anatomic constellation of the epithelial single cell layer and the luminal microbiota, as well as neighboring immune and nonimmune cells. Here we provide protocols we developed that use a combination of conditional cell ablation, conditional compartment mutagenesis, and adoptive precursor transfers to study DC and other intestinal mononuclear phagocytes in in vivo context. We will highlight pitfalls and strengths of these approaches.

Key words

Mononuclear phagocytes Dendritic cells Intestine Cell ablation Conditional mutagenesis 



We would like to thank the past and present members of the Jung lab for sharing their protocols. This work was supported by the European Research Council (340345).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Caterina Curato
    • 1
  • Biana Bernshtein
    • 1
  • Tegest Aychek
    • 1
  • Steffen Jung
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of ImmunologyThe Weizmann Institute of ScienceRehovotIsrael

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