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J Immunol. 2010 Aug 1;185(3):1522-31. doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.1000774. Epub 2010 Jul 7.

The mannose receptor mediates the uptake of diverse native allergens by dendritic cells and determines allergen-induced T cell polarization through modulation of IDO activity.

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School of Molecular Medical Sciences, University of Nottingham, Queen's Medical Centre, United Kingdom.


The mannose receptor (MR) is a C-type lectin expressed by dendritic cells (DCs). We have investigated the ability of MR to recognize glycosylated allergens. Using a gene silencing strategy, we have specifically inhibited the expression of MR on human monocyte-derived DCs. We show that MR mediates internalization of diverse allergens from mite (Der p 1 and Der p 2), dog (Can f 1), cockroach (Bla g 2), and peanut (Ara h 1) through their carbohydrate moieties. All of these allergens bind to the C-type lectin-like carbohydrate recognition domains 4-7 of MR. We have also assessed the contribution of MR to T cell polarization after allergen exposure. We show that silencing MR expression on monocyte-derived DCs reverses the Th2 cell polarization bias, driven by Der p 1 allergen exposure, through upregulation of IDO activity. In conclusion, our work demonstrates a major role for MR in glycoallergen recognition and in the development of Th2 responses.

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