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To gain a more comprehensive understanding of this early parasite-host interaction, biotinylated sporocyst tegumental membrane Mem proteins and larval transformation proteins LTP were affixed to streptavidin-agarose beads and used as affinity matrices to enrich for larval-reactive plasma proteins from susceptible NMRI and resistant BS strains of the snail Biomphalaria glabrata. FREPs were highly represented, although only a subset of FREP subfamilies FREP 2, 3 and 12 were identified, suggesting potential selectivity in the repertoire of plasma lectins recognizing larval glycoconjugates.

Simple and complex carbohydrates glycans have long been known to play major metabolic, structural and physical roles in biological systems. Targeted microbial binding to host glycans has also been studied for decades. But such biological roles can only explain some of the remarkable complexity and organismal diversity of glycans in nature.

Immunoglycobiology: An Overview

Metrics details. Extreme exercise may alter the innate immune system. Glycans are involved in several biological processes including immune system regulation. However, limited data regarding the impact of glycan supplementation on immunological parameters after strenuous exercise are available. Forty-one male marathon runners who completed the Saliva and blood samples were collected the day before the marathon and two days after the end of the race.

Glycosylation is one of the most common posttranslational modifications of proteins and lipids. In the case of tumors, cell transformation accompanied by aberrant glycosylation results in the expression of tumor-associated glycans that promote tumor invasion. As part of the innate immunity, anti-glycan antibodies recognize tumor-associated glycans, and these antibodies can be present in the bloodstream in the early stages of cancer. Recently, anti-glycan antibody profiles have been of interest in various cancer studies. Novel advantages in the field of analytical techniques have simplified the analysis of anti-glycan antibodies and made it easier to have more comprehensive knowledge about their functions.

Glycans as Key Checkpoints of T Cell Activity and Function

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The immune system is highly controlled and fine-tuned by glycosylation, through the addition of a diversity of carbohydrates structures glycans to virtually all immune cell receptors. Despite a relative backlog in understanding the importance of glycans in the immune system, due to its inherent complexity, remarkable findings have been highlighting the essential contributions of glycosylation in the regulation of both innate and adaptive immune responses with important implications in the pathogenesis of major diseases such as autoimmunity and cancer. Glycans are implicated in fundamental cellular and molecular processes that regulate both stimulatory and inhibitory immune pathways. Besides being actively involved in pathogen recognition through interaction with glycan-binding proteins such as C-type lectins , glycans have been also shown to regulate key pathophysiological steps within T cell biology such as T cell development and thymocyte selection; T cell activity and signaling as well as T cell differentiation and proliferation. These effects of glycans in T cells functions highlight their importance as determinants of either self-tolerance or T cell hyper-responsiveness which ultimately might be implicated in the creation of tolerogenic pathways in cancer or loss of immunological tolerance in autoimmunity.


Glycans and glycan-binding proteins are central to a properly functioning immune system. Perhaps the best known example of this is the.


Glycobiology simplified: diverse roles of glycan recognition in inflammation

Fine structural details of glycans attached to the conserved N-glycosylation site significantly not only affect function of individual immunoglobulin G IgG molecules but also mediate inflammation at the systemic level. By analyzing IgG glycosylation in 5, individuals from four European populations, we have revealed very complex patterns of changes in IgG glycosylation with age. The remaining variance in these glycans strongly correlated with physiological parameters associated with biological age. Thus, IgG glycosylation appears to be closely linked with both chronological and biological ages. Considering the important role of IgG glycans in inflammation, and because the observed changes with age promote inflammation, changes in IgG glycosylation also seem to represent a factor contributing to aging.

N-glycosylation plays an important role in the majority of physiological and pathological processes occurring in the immune system. Alteration of the type and abundance of glycans is an element of lymphocyte differentiation; it is also common in the development of immune-mediated inflammatory diseases. The N-glycosylation process is very sensitive to different environmental agents, among them the pharmacological environment of immunosuppressive drugs.

Immunoglycobiology: An Overview

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Glycoscience: Biology and Medicine pp Cite as. Although originally proposed as functional tuners capable of influencing signaling thresholds of immune cells, emerging evidence indicates a more central and hierarchical role of glycans and glycan-binding proteins as stimulators or inhibitors of innate and adaptive immunity. An increasing number of studies reveal the relevance of glycan-containing information in host-pathogen recognition and the control of immune cell homeostasis, inflammation, and tumor immunity. In this chapter, we summarize general concepts of glycoimmunology and illustrate selected examples of the contribution of glycans and glycan-binding proteins C-type lectins, siglecs, and galectins to innate and adaptive immune responses in physiologic and pathologic settings. Skip to main content. This service is more advanced with JavaScript available. Advertisement Hide.

Type 1 diabetes T1D is a T cell-mediated autoimmune disease that targets the beta-cells of the pancreas. We investigated the ability of soluble galectin-1 gal-1 , an endogenous lectin that promotes T cell apoptosis, to down-regulate the T cell response that destroys the pancreatic beta-cells. We demonstrated that in nonobese diabetic NOD mice, gal-1 therapy reduces significantly the amount of Th1 cells, augments the number of T cells secreting IL-4 or IL specific for islet cell Ag, and causes peripheral deletion of beta-cell-reactive T cells. Administration of gal-1 prevented the onset of hyperglycemia in NOD mice at early and subclinical stages of T1D. The beneficial effects of gal-1 correlated with the ability of the lectin to trigger apoptosis of the T cell subsets that cause beta-cell damage while sparing naive T cells, Th2 lymphocytes, and regulatory T cells in NOD mice. Importantly, gal-1 reversed beta-cell autoimmunity and hyperglycemia in NOD mice with ongoi Continue Reading.

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