Natsuko Nakamura

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Dendritic cells (DCs) are APCs that play an essential role by bridging innate and adaptive immunity. DC-specific intercellular adhesion molecule-3-grabbing nonintegrin (DC-SIGN) is one of the major C-type lectins expressed on DCs and exhibits high affinity for nonsialylated Lewis (Le) glycans. Recently, we reported the characterization of oligosaccharide(More)
Jacalin, an alpha-O-glycoside of the disaccharide Thomsen-Friedenreich antigen (galactose beta1-3 N-acetylgalactosamine, T-antigen)-specific lectin from jackfruit seeds, has been shown to induce mitogenic responses and to block infection by HIV-1 in CD4+ T lymphocytes. The molecular mechanism underlying Jacalin-induced T cell activation has not been(More)
Serum MBP, also known as MBL, is a C-type lectin that is known to be a soluble host defense factor involved in innate immunity. It has been well established that dying microbes and apoptotic cells release highly viscous DNA that induces inflammation and septic shock, and apoptotic cells display fragmented DNA on their surfaces. However, PRRs that mediate(More)
Mannan-binding protein (MBP) is a C-type serum lectin that is an important constituent of the innate immune defense because it activates the complement system via the lectin pathway. While the pig has been proposed to be an attractive source of xenotransplantable tissues and organs, little is known about porcine MBP. In our previous studies, phosphomannan,(More)
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