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Microbes Infect. 2004 Dec;6(15):1388-94.

Pleiotropic function of Toll-like receptors.

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  • 1Department of Host Defense, Research Institute for Microbial Diseases, Osaka University, Yamadaoka 3-1, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan.

Abstract

A group of type I transmembrane proteins, Toll-like receptors (TLRs) discriminate various microorganism-associated molecular structures that can function as immune adjuvants. Each TLR signaling has an overlapping but distinct function, which largely depends on intracellular adaptor molecules. Clarifying the functions and signaling of TLRs should provide us with critical information for manipulating the host defense mechanism.

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