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Nature. 2001 Sep 6;413(6851):36-7.

Immune recognition. A new receptor for beta-glucans.

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Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3RE, UK. gbrown@molbiol.ox.ac.uk

Abstract

The carbohydrate polymers known as beta-1,3-d-glucans exert potent effects on the immune system - stimulating antitumour and antimicrobial activity, for example - by binding to receptors on macrophages and other white blood cells and activating them. Although beta-glucans are known to bind to receptors, such as complement receptor 3 (ref. 1), there is evidence that another beta-glucan receptor is present on macrophages. Here we identify this unknown receptor as dectin-1 (ref. 2), a finding that provides new insights into the innate immune recognition of beta-glucans.

PMID:
11544516
DOI:
10.1038/35092620
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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