Journal article

Mannose binding lectin acute phase activity in patients with severe infection

MM Dean, RM Minchinton, S Heatley, DP Eisen

Journal of Clinical Immunology | SPRINGER/PLENUM PUBLISHERS | Published : 2005

Abstract

Mannose Binding Lectin (MBL) is a liver derived, circulating plasma protein that plays a pivotal role in innate immunity. MBL functions as a pathogen recognition molecule, opsonising organisms and initiating the complement cascade. MBL deficiency arising from mutations and promoter polymorphisms in the MBL2 gene is common and has been associated with risk, severity, and frequency of infection in a number of clinical settings. With MBL therapy on the horizon, the usefulness of replacement MBL therapy has been challenged by the notion, that as an acute phase protein, MBL levels may rise under stress to sufficient levels, in individuals who are usually deficient. This report demonstrates that i..

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