Macrophage 'receptors' for bacterial cell-wall sugars and immune response genes: possible determinants of susceptibility to infection

D M Weir, C C Blackwell, J Stewart, E J Glass, A M Oliver

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Abstract

Recognition of bacteria, antigen presentation and regulation of the immune response by the class II antigens of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) are among the many factors that influence a host's response to microbial infection. 'Lectin-like' receptors on the macrophage membrane recognize a variety of bacteria by interaction with their cell-wall sugars. These receptors are susceptible to environmental factors and appear to be associated with the I-A subregion of the mouse MHC. Possible effects of this recognition system on the pathogenesis of microbial infection and reactive arthritides are considered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-7
Number of pages7
JournalBritish journal of rheumatology
Volume22
Issue number4 Suppl 2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1983

Keywords

  • Animals
  • Arthritis, Infectious
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Disease Susceptibility
  • Female
  • Genes, MHC Class II
  • Humans
  • Macrophages
  • Mice
  • Polysaccharides, Bacterial
  • Receptors, Immunologic

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