DCs facilitate B cell responses against microbial DNA via DC-SIGN

Joris K. Sprokholt, Marieke H. Heineke, Tanja M. Kaptein, John L. van Hamme, Teunis B. H. Geijtenbeek

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Microbial DNA is highly immunostimulatory and is sensed by endosomal pattern recognition receptors after release from internalized microbes. It is unclear how extracellular DNA released from dead microbes is delivered to endosomal PRRs to induce immune responses. Here we have investigated the ability of DCs to bind and internalize extracellular E.coli DNA as well as synthetic DNA. DCs internalized E.coli and synthetic DNA, which was dependent on the C-type lectin receptor DC-SIGN. Notably, endosomal uptake of DNA by DCs enhanced TLR9-dependent responses of B cells against DNA. Hence, we have identified DC-SIGN as a cell surface receptor for DNA that facilitates immune responses directed against DNA
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e0185580
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • B-Lymphocytes/immunology
  • Cell Adhesion Molecules/physiology
  • Cytokines/biosynthesis
  • DNA, Bacterial/immunology
  • Dendritic Cells/immunology
  • Escherichia coli/genetics
  • Humans
  • Interferon Type I/biosynthesis
  • Lectins, C-Type/physiology
  • Receptors, Cell Surface/physiology

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