Signalling C-Type lectin receptors, microbial recognition and immunity

J. Claire Hoving, Gillian J. Watson, Gordon D Brown

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Signalling C-type lectin receptors (CLRs) are crucial in shaping the immune response to fungal pathogens, but comparably little is known about the role of these receptors in bacterial, viral and parasitic infections. CLRs have many diverse functions depending on the signalling motifs in their cytoplasmic domains, and can induce endocytic, phagocytic, antimicrobial, pro-inflammatory or anti-inflammatory responses which are either protective or not during an infection. Understanding the role of CLRs in shaping anti-microbial immunity offers great potential for the future development of therapeutics for disease intervention. In this review we will focus on the recognition of bacterial, viral and parasitic pathogens by CLRs, and how these receptors influence the outcome of infection. We will also provide a brief update on the role of CLRs in antifungal immunity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-194
Number of pages10
JournalCellular Microbiology
Issue number2
Early online date10 Jan 2014
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014

Bibliographical note

This work was supported in part by the Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council (UK) and the University of Cape Town. J.C. Hoving is a Carnegie Corporation postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cape Town. We apologize of all our colleagues whose important contributions we could not cite due to space constraints.


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