Neutrophils mediate immune modulation of dendritic cells through glycosylation-dependent interactions between Mac-1 and DC-SIGN

Klaas P J M van Gisbergen, Marta Sanchez-Hernandez, Teunis B H Geijtenbeek, Yvette van Kooyk

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Neutrophils are key players of the innate immune system that provide a first line of defense against invading pathogens. However, it is unknown whether neutrophils can interact with dendritic cells (DCs) to modulate adaptive immune responses. We demonstrate that neutrophils strongly cluster with immature DCs and that activated, not resting, neutrophils induce maturation of DCs that enables these DCs to trigger strong T cell proliferation and T helper type 1 polarization of T cells. This neutrophil-DC interaction is driven by the binding of the DC-specific, C-type lectin DC-SIGN to the beta(2)-integrin Mac-1. Strikingly, DC-SIGN only interacts with Mac-1 from neutrophils, but not from other leukocytes, mainly because of specific Lewis(x) carbohydrates that are present on the alpha(M) chain of Mac-1 from neutrophils. Furthermore, we show that besides the formation of cellular contact, the tumor necrosis factor-alpha produced by activated neutrophils is essential for inducing DC maturation. Our data demonstrate that DC-SIGN and Mac-1 define a molecular pathway to establish cellular adhesion between DCs and neutrophils, thereby providing a novel cellular link between innate and adaptive immunity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1281-1292
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Experimental Medicine
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2005

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