Mannose-binding lectin

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Mannose-binding lectin


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Function

MBL belongs to the class of collectins in the C-type lectin superfamily, whose function appears to be pattern recognition in the first line of defense in the pre-immune host. MBL recognizes carbohydrate patterns, found on the surface of a large number of pathogenic micro-organisms, including bacteria, viruses, protozoa and fungi. Binding of MBL to a micro-organism results in activation of the lectin pathway of the complement system.

Another important function of MBL is that this molecule binds senescent[11] and apoptotic cells and enhances engulfment of whole, intact apoptotic cells, as well as cell debris by phagocytes.[12][13]

Categories: HEALTH

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