Analysis of Dendritic Cell Function Using Clec9A-DTR Transgenic Mice

  • Piotr Tetlak
  • Christiane RuedlEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1423)


The Clec9A-diphtheria toxin receptor (DTR) transgenic mouse strain provides a robust animal model to study the function of lymphoid organ-resident CD8+ dendritic cells (DCs) and nonlymphoid organ-specific CD103+ DCs in infectioous diseases and inflammation. Here we describe some basic protocols for CD8+/CD103+ DC isolation, for their in vivo depletion, and for their characterization by multi-color flow cytometry analysis. As an example for in vivo functional characterization of this DC subset, we present here the experimental cerebral malaria model. Furthermore, we illustrate advantages and pitfalls of the Clec9A-DTR system.

Key words

Clec9A/DNGR-1 Diphtheria toxin receptor (DTR) transgenic mice Dendritic cell (DC) subsets Cross-priming Interferon-γ experimental cerebral malaria (ΕCM) 



We thank Klaus Karjalainen for his critical reading of the manuscript. This work was supported by National Medical Research Council grants NMMR/1253/2010, NMRC/1307/2011, and MOE2014-T2-1-011 to C.R. The authors have no conflicting financial interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Biological SciencesNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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