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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2004 Feb 17;101(7):1963-8. Epub 2004 Feb 5.

Development of a specific system for targeting protein to metallophilic macrophages.

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  • 1Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, Oxford University, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3RE, United Kingdom.


The cysteine-rich domain (CR) of the mannose receptor binds sulfated glycoprotein CR ligand (CRL) expressed by subpopulations of myeloid cells in secondary lymphoid organs (CRL(+) cells). In naïve mice, these CRL(+) cells, metallophilic macrophages (M) in spleen and subcapsular sinus M in lymph nodes, are located strategically for antigen capture and are adjacent to B cell follicles, but their role in the immune response is unknown. We have exploited the lectin activity of CR to develop a highly specific system for targeting protein to CRL(+) M. We demonstrate that the sulfated carbohydrates recognized by CR are exposed to the extracellular milieu and mediate highly specific targeting of CR-containing proteins. This model will allow the dissection of the role of metallophilic M in an immune response in vivo.

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