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Molecular recognition in C‐type lectins: the cases of DC‐SIGN, Langerin, MGL, and L‐sectin

AuthorsValverde, Pablo; Martínez, J. Daniel; Cañada, F. Javier ; Ardá, Ana ; Jiménez-Barbero, Jesús
KeywordsDrug discovery
Molecular recognition
Issue Date19-May-2020
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
CitationChembiochem (2020)
AbstractCarbohydrates play a pivotal role in intercellular communication processes. In particular, glycan antigens are key for sustaining homeostasis, helping leukocytes to distinguish damaged tissues and invading pathogens from healthy tissues. From a structural perspective, this cross-talk is fairly complex, and multiple membrane proteins guide these recognition processes, including lectins and Toll-like receptors. Since the beginning of this century, lectins have become potential targets for therapeutics for controlling and/or avoiding the progression of pathologies derived from an incorrect immune outcome, including infectious processes, cancer, or autoimmune diseases. Therefore, a detailed knowledge of these receptors is mandatory for the development of specific treatments. In this review, we summarize the current knowledge about four key C-type lectins whose importance has been steadily growing in recent years, focusing in particular on how glycan recognition takes place at the molecular level, but also looking at recent progresses in the quest for therapeutics.
Description28 p.-14 fig.-2 tab.-1 graph. abst. Dedicated to Prof. Antonio Echavarren on the occasion of his 65th birthday
Publisher version (URL)https://doi.org/10.1002/cbic.202000238
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