Science Artwork of the Month: November 2015

Science Artwork of the Month: November 2015

By Dr. Rer. Medic. (German Ph.D. equivalent) Anton Goetz

This image shows murine dendritic cells breaking down fluorescently-labeled gelatin with special structures on their cytoskeleton called podosomes. The gelatin is shown in green, the nucleus of the cells inis shown in blue, and the podosomes are the small red dots on the edge of the migrating dendritic cells.

Dendritic cells are the sentinels of the immune system. They reside throughout the body and, when they encounter pathogens, they become activated and migrate to the lymph nodes to show the pathogen to other cells of the immune system, like T cells, which initiate the immune response against the intruder. 

Dr. Anton Goetz

NYU School of Medicine

Department of Microbiology

Division of Medical Parasitology

Ana Rodriguez’s Lab

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