Innate lymphoid cell regulation of adaptive immunity

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Innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) were identified principally as non-T-cell sources of key cytokines, able to provide rapid and early production of these molecules in the support of tissue homeostasis, repair and response to infection. As our understanding of these cells has developed, it has become evident that ILCs can impact on lymphocytes through a range of mechanisms. Hence, an exciting area of research has evolved in determining the extent to which ILCs may regulate adaptive immune responses. This review will focus initially on our current understanding of where ILC populations are located and what this means for potential cellular interactions. Mechanisms underpinning such interactions and how they may contribute to controlling adaptive immunity will then be considered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-130
Number of pages8
Issue number2
Early online date16 Aug 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016


  • T cells
  • innate lymphoid cells
  • memory
  • spleen and lymph nodes


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