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Cell Immunol. 2000 Oct 10;205(1):13-23.

Utilization of CD11b knockout mice to characterize the role of complement receptor 3 (CR3, CD11b/CD18) in the growth of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in macrophages.

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Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


Using CD11b knockout mice as a source of macrophages (Mphi;), we show that complement receptor 3 (CR3) mediates approximately 40-50% of nonopsonic binding and 50-60% of serum-mediated binding of Mycobacterium tuberculosis to resident Mphi;. We demonstrate that opsonic binding of M. tuberculosis to Mphi; is mediated by an immunoglobulin-independent, heat-labile component of serum, in both the presence and the absence of CD11b. The survival and replication of M. tuberculosis in an in vitro Mphi; model and an in vivo mouse model of infection were not significantly affected by the absence of CD11b, indicating that CR3-mediated uptake of M. tuberculosis is not a major factor in controlling the subsequent intracellular survival of the mycobacteria. However, whether a mycobacterium will gain access to the intracellular environment, and the type of Mφ that the bacterium enters, is significantly affected by the presence or absence of CR3.

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