Dectin-1 is not required for the host defense to Cryptococcus neoformans

Kiwamu Nakamura, Takeshi Kinjo, Shinobu Saijo, Akiko Miyazato, Yoshiyuki Adachi, Naohito Ohno, Jiro Fujita, Mitsuo Kaku, Yoichiro Iwakura, Kazuyoshi Kawakami

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Dectin-1 is known as a sole receptor for β-glucan, a major cell wall component of fungal microorganisms. In the current study, we examined the role of this molecule in the host defense to Cryptococcus neoformans, an opportunistic fungal pathogen in AIDS patients. There was no significant difference in the clinical course and cytokine production between dectin-1 gene-deficient and control mice. These results indicate that dectin-1 is not likely essential for the development of host protective responses to C. neoformans.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1115-1119
Number of pages5
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Cryptococcus neoformans
  • Dectin-1
  • Dendritic cells
  • Host defense
  • IL-12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Virology


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