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J Reticuloendothel Soc. 1982 Dec;32(6):423-31.

Characterization of the mannose/fucose receptor on human mononuclear phagocytes.


Cells of the mononuclear phagocyte system contain a cell surface receptor which mediates the uptake of mannose- and fucose-terminated glycoproteins. We have extended the initial studies to human alveolar and monocyte-derived macrophages in culture using two radiolabelled ligands, the synthetic glycoconjugate mannose-bovine serum albumin and the lysosomal glycosidase, beta-glucuronidase. Uptake (37 degrees C) of 125I-mannose-BSA by freshly isolated alveolar macrophages is saturable with increasing concentrations of ligand. Kuptake values in macrophages of smokers and nonsmokers are similar, and resemble earlier reported values using rabbit alveolar macrophages (Kuptake = 40 nM). Uptake of 125I-mannose-BSA in cultured smoker macrophages is identical to that found in fresh cells, and uptake is stable for 5-10 days in culture. Fucose- and mannose-BSA are the most effective inhibitors of uptake, while N-acetylglucosamine-BSA is inhibitory at slightly higher concentrations. Binding (4 degrees C) of 125I-mannose-BSA is likewise ligand concentration dependent (KD = 30 nM). Freshly isolated human monocytes from healthy subjects and patients with cystic fibrosis do not have mannose-specific uptake. However, after monocytes are in culture for 3 days, mannose-specific uptake appears and Kuptake values and specificity of uptake are identical with the results from the alveolar macrophages. No uptake of mannose-BSA could be found in the human monocyte-like cell line, U937.

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