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Jens Christian Jensenius

Investigations on the pattern recognition molecule M-ficolin: quantitative aspects of bacterial binding and leukocyte association

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  • Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology
M-ficolin is a PRM of the innate immune system, found in serum and associated with leukocytes. We used the soluble form to study specificity toward Gram-positive bacteria and characterized and quantified cell-associated M-ficolin. The binding of M-ficolin to capsulated and noncapsulated strains of Streptococcus agalactiae (GBS) and Staphylococcus aureus was investigated. We did not observe binding of M-ficolin to any of 13 serotypes of S. aureus. Dose-dependent binding of M-ficolin was demonstrated for all of the capsulated GBS strains. The binding was abolished by prior treatment of the bacteria with sialidase, indicating that sialic acid is the ligand for M-ficolin on these bacteria. GlcNAc could inhibit the binding, suggesting that M-ficolin binds via its FBG. M-ficolin was found associated with the complement-activating enzyme in serum, and M-ficolin bound to GBS mediated activation of the complement system. M-ficolin expression on leukocytes was evaluated by flow cytometry with anti-M-ficolin mAb. Total M-ficolin of different leukocytes was quantified in detergent extracts. Monocytes and granulocytes showed similar M-ficolin surface expression, 1.1 × 10(5) and 0.7 × 10(5) M-ficolin molecules/cell, respectively. The total M-ficolin content of the cells was 1.5 × 10(6) molecules/monocyte and approximately one-third of this for granulocytes. Lymphocytes contained
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Leukocyte Biology
Pages (from-to)425-37
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2011

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