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DC-SIGN is a C-type lectin that plays roles in both cell-cell and host-pathogen interactions, and thus serves as a model for both processes. This glycan-binding protein (GBP) paradigm also serves as a model for other members of the C-type lectin family expressed on dendritic cells.


CFG Participating Investigators contributing to the understanding of this paradigm

Many investigators, both CFG Participating Investigators (PIs) and non-PIs using CFG resources, have led extensive studies on DC-SIGN, particularly regarding structure-function relationships, interactions with pathogens, and signaling functions in dendritic cells.

  • PIs working on DC-SIGN include: Pedro Bonay, Angel Corbi, Kurt Drickamer, Juan Garcia-Vallejo, Donald Harn, Kayo Inaba, Benhur Lee, Olivier Neyrolles, Irma van Die, Yvette van Kooyk, William Weis, Martin Wild
  • Non-PIs who have used CFG resources to study DC-SIGN include: Brigitte Gicquel, Arne Skerra, Ralph Steinman

Progress toward understanding this GBP paradigm

Carbohydrate ligands

Cellular expression


Biological roles of GBP-ligand interaction

CFG resources used in investigations

The best examples of CFG contributions to this paradigm are described below, with links to specific data sets. For a complete list of CFG data and resources relating to this paradigm, see the CFG database search results for DC-SIGN.

Glycan profiling

Glycogene microarray

Knockout mouse lines

Knockout mice for three potential DC-SIGN orthologues (DC-SIGN, SIGNR1, and SIGNR3) were created by the CFG and distributed to PIs, and their phenotypes were analyzed.

Glycan array

Glycan array analysis and synthetic oligosaccharides were used to elucidate DC-SIGN glycan-binding specificity and analyze the mechanism of specific glycan binding.

Related GBPs

Other dendritic cell lectins include langerin, DCIR, and DCAR. Paralogs on other cells include DC-SIGNR.


  • Tanne A, Ma B, Boudou F, Tailleux L, Botella H, Badell E, Levillain F, Taylor ME, Drickamer K, Nigou J, Dobos KM, Puzo G, Vestweber D, Wild MK, Marcinko M, Sobieszczuk P, Stewart L, Lebus D, Gicquel B, Neyrolles O (2009) A murine DC-SIGN homologue contributes to early host defense against Mycobacterium tuberculosis. J Exp Med 206, 2205-2220.
  • Powlesland AS, Ward EM, Sadhu SK, Guo Y, Taylor ME, Drickamer K (2006) Novel mouse homologs of human DC-SIGN: Widely divergent biochemical properties of the complete set of mouse DC-SIGN-related proteins. J Biol Chem 281, 20440-20449.
  • Van Liempt E, Bank CM, Mehta P, Garci A-Vallejo JJ, Kawar ZS, Geyer R, Alvarez RA, Cummings RD, van Kooyk Y, van Die I (2006) Specificity of DC-SIGN for mannose- and fucose-containing glycans. FEBS Lett 580, 6123-6131.
  • Guo Y, Feinberg H, Conroy E, Mitchell DA, Alvarez R, Blixt O, Taylor ME, Weis WI, Drickamer K (2004) Structural basis for distinct ligand-binding and targeting properties of the receptors DC-SIGN and DC-SIGNR. Nat Struct Mol Biol 11, 591-598.


The CFG is grateful to the following PIs for their contributions to this wiki page: Kurt Drickamer, Yvette van Kooyk

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