Dendritic cell interaction with Candida albicans critically depends on N-linked mannan

Alessandra Cambi, Mihai G. Netea, Hector M. Mora-Montes, Neil A. R. Gow, Stanleyson V. Hato, Douglas W. Lowman, Bart-Jan Kullberg, Ruurd Torensma, David L. Williams, Carl G. Figdor

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The fungus Candida albicans is the most common cause of mycotic infections in immunocompromised hosts. Little is known about the initial interactions between Candida and immune cell receptors, because a detailed characterization at the structural level is lacking. Antigen-presenting dendritic cells (DCs), strategically located at mucosal surfaces and in the skin, may play an important role in anti-Candida protective immunity. However, the contribution of the various Candida-associated molecular patterns and their counter-receptors to DC function remains unknown. Here, we demonstrate that two C-type lectins, DC-SIGN and the macrophage mannose receptor, specifically mediate C. albicans binding and internalization by human DCs. Moreover, by combining a range of C. albicans glycosylation mutants with receptor-specific blocking and cytokine production assays, we determined that N-linked mannan but not O-linked or phosphomannan is the fungal carbohydrate structure specifically recognized by both C-type lectins on human DCs and directly influences the production of the proinflammatory cytokine IL-6. Better insight in the carbohydrate recognition profile of C-type lectins will ultimately provide relevant information for the development of new drugs targeting specific fungal cell wall antigens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20590-20599
Number of pages10
JournalThe Journal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number29
Early online date15 May 2008
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jul 2008


  • monocyte-derived macrophages
  • toll-like receptors
  • lectins DC-sign
  • wall mannan
  • serotype-B
  • saccharomyces-cerevisiae
  • surface hydrophobicity
  • monoclonal-antibody
  • pathogenic yeasts
  • structural basis


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