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CLECSF8 is a poorly characterized member of the "Dectin-2 cluster" of C-type lectin receptors and was originally thought to be expressed exclusively by macrophages. We show here that CLECSF8 is primarily expressed by peripheral blood neutrophils and monocytes and weakly by several subsets of peripheral blood dendritic cells. However, expression of this(More)
Anti-beta-glucan antibodies elicited by a laminarin-conjugate vaccine confer cross-protection to mice challenged with major fungal pathogens such as Candida albicans, Aspergillus fumigatus and Cryptococcus neoformans. To gain insights into protective beta-glucan epitope(s) and protection mechanisms, we studied two anti-beta-glucan monoclonal antibodies(More)
Mutations in the receptor-binding site of the hemagglutinin of pandemic influenza A(H1N1) 2009 viruses have been detected sporadically. An Asp222Gly (D222G) substitution has been associated with severe or fatal disease. Here we show that 222G variants infected a higher proportion of ciliated cells in cultures of human airway epithelium than did viruses with(More)
The human JC polyomavirus (JCV) causes a fatal demyelinating disease, progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), in immunocompromised individuals. Current treatment options for PML are inadequate. Sialylated oligosaccharides and the serotonin receptor are known to be necessary for JCV entry, but the molecular interactions underlying JCV attachment(More)
We have partially characterised an alpha4-fucosyltransferase (alpha4-FucT) from Vaccinium myrtillus, which catalysed the biosynthesis of the Lewis(a) adhesion determinant. The enzyme was stable up to 50 degrees C. The optimum pH was 7.0, both in the presence and in the absence of Mn(2+). The enzyme was inhibited by Mn(2+) and Co(2+), and showed resistance(More)
Carbohydrate chains of glycoproteins, glycolipids, proteoglycans, and polysaccharides mediate processes of biological and medical importance through their interactions with complementary proteins. The unraveling of these interactions is therefore a priority in biomedical sciences. Carbohydrate microarray technology is a new development at the frontier of(More)
Fucosyltransferase III [galactoside 3(4)-L-fucosyltransferase; EC] (FT3) is a Golgi type II membrane protein that catalyses the synthesis of fucosylated Lewis motifs that are associated with cell-adhesion events and are differentially expressed during cell differentiation. In the present work, the full-length membrane bound form of FT3 has been(More)
The human alpha-3/4-fucosyltransferase III (Fuc-TIII) participates in the synthesis of Lewis determinants. The enzyme from human sources is scarce and heterogeneous. In this paper we describe the expression of a secreted form of Fuc-TIII (SFT3) in two insect cell lines, Spodoptera frugiperda (Sf9) and Trichoplusia ni (Tn), using the baculovirus expression(More)
The effect of manganese and other divalent cations on the activity of a soluble recombinant form of human alpha3/4 fucosyltransferase III (SFT3) expressed in Spodoptera frugiperda (Sf9) insect cells was studied. SFT3 was active in the absence of divalent cations with an optimum pH of 4.5. In the absence of Mn2+ increasing the pH from 4.5 to 7.0 caused a(More)