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Crit Rev Immunol. 2004;24(3):193-203.

The role of Dectin-1 in antifungal immunity.

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Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford, UK.


beta-Glucans are structural components of fungal cell walls, which have a stimulatory effect on the immune system. Although a number of receptors for these carbohydrates have been proposed, the recently identified C-type lectin-like receptor, Dectin-1, appears to play a central role. Dectin-1 is expressed on phagocytic cells, including macrophages and neutrophils, and mediates both the internalization and cellular responses to beta-glucan, through unique mechanisms. Dectin-1 can recognize and respond to live fungal pathogens and is being increasingly appreciated as having a key role in the innate responses to these pathogens. In addition to its exogenous ligands, Dectin-1 can recognize an unidentified endogenous ligand on T cells and may act as a co-stimulatory molecule, although its function in these responses is less clear. This review will highlight the current knowledge of Dectin-1 and its potential role in antifungal immunity, as well as deficiencies in our understanding.

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