volume 73, issue 3, P245-251 2004
DOI: 10.5025/hansen.73.245
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Abstract: Multinucleated giant cells (MGC) are characteristic cells in granulomatous disorders such as sarcoidosis and leprosy. There are two types of MGC; foreign body-type and Langhans-type cells. The exact mechanisms of the formation and the functional significance of MGC are not determined, although their morphological features are well understood. MGC are also formed in vitro from peripheral blood mononuclear cells by stimulation with cytokines and lectins. Particularly IFN-gamma is considered to play a pivotal rol…

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