Lectin complement system and pattern recognition.

@article{Endo2006LectinCS,
  title={Lectin complement system and pattern recognition.},
  author={Yuichi Endo and Momoe Takahashi and Teizo Fujita},
  journal={Immunobiology},
  year={2006},
  volume={211 4},
  pages={283-93}
}
Living organisms have strong defense mechanisms against invading microorganisms as survival strategies. One of the defense mechanisms is the complement system, composed of more than 30 serum and cell surface components. This system collaborates in recognition and elimination of pathogens as a part of both the innate and acquired immune systems. The two collagenous lectins, mannose-binding lectin (MBL) and ficolins, are pattern recognition proteins acting in innate immunity and, upon recognition… CONTINUE READING

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