C-type lectins, fungi and Th17 responses

Simon Vautier, Maria da Glória Sousa, Gordon D Brown

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Th17 cells are a recently discovered subset of T helper cells characterised by the release of IL-17, and are thought to be important for mobilization of immune responses against microbial pathogens, but which also contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases. The identification of C-type lectin receptors which are capable of regulating the balance between Th1 and Th17 responses has been of particular recent interest, which they control, in part, though the release of Th17 inducing cytokines. Many of these receptors recognise fungi, and other pathogens, and play key roles in driving the development of protective anti-microbial immunity. Here we will review the C-type lectins that have been linked to Th17 type responses and will briefly examine the role of Th17 responses in murine and human anti-fungal immunity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-412
Number of pages8
JournalCytokine & Growth Factor Reviews
Issue number6
Early online date12 Nov 2010
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010


  • animals
  • antigen-presenting cells
  • autoimmune diseases
  • CARD signaling adaptor proteins
  • fungi
  • humans
  • interleukin-17
  • intracellular signaling peptides and proteins
  • Job's syndrome
  • lectins, C-type
  • mannose-binding lectins
  • membrane proteins
  • mice
  • mycoses
  • NK cell lectin-like receptor subfamily B
  • receptors, cell surface
  • receptors, pattern recognition
  • Th17 cells
  • transcription factors


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