Dendritic cells (DC) are instrumental in handling pathogens for processing and presentation to T cells, thus eliciting an appropriate immune response. C-type lectins expressed by DC function as pathogen-recognition receptors; yet their specificity for carbohydrate structures on pathogens is not fully understood. In this study, we analyzed the carbohydrate specificity of DC-specific ICAM-3-grabbing nonintegrin (SIGN)/CD209, the recently documented HIV-1 receptor on DC. Our studies show that DC-SIGN binds with high affinity to both synthetic mannose- and fucose-containing glycoconjugates. These carbohydrate structures are abundantly expressed by pathogens as demonstrated by the affinity of DC-SIGN for natural surface glycans of the human pathogens Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Helicobacter pylori, Leishmania mexicana, and Schistosoma mansoni. This analysis expands our knowledge on the carbohydrate and pathogen-specificity of DC-SIGN and identifies this lectin to be central in pathogen-DC interactions.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Immunology|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Feb 2003|