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Authored by: Kimball Nill

Glossary of Biotechnology and Agrobiotechnology Terms

Print publication date:  July  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781498758208
eBook ISBN: 9781315367811
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The immune system cells that constitute the surface of Peyer’s patches. M cells preferentially sample/evaluate certain particles (e.g., viruses) passing over the Peyer’s patch—embedded in the wall of intestine—during the digestive process. Those particles that meet certain criteria (and also specific toxin molecules that adhere to the M cells) are absorbed by the M cells and their antigens “presented” to adjacent lymphoid tissue underlying the Peter’s patch.


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