Surfactant protein D (SP-D) is a member of the family of collagenous host defense lectins, designated collectins. There is increasing evidence that SP-D, like SP-A, is an important component of the innate immune response to microbial challenge, and that it may participate in other aspects of immune and inflammatory regulation within the lung. SP-D binds to glycoconjugates and/or lipid moieties expressed by a wide variety of microorganisms and certain other organic particles, in vitro. Although binding may facilitate microbial clearance through aggregation or other direct effects on the organism, SP-D also has the capacity to modulate leukocyte function, and in some circumstances, to enhance their killing of microorganisms. Copyright (C) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Molecular Basis of Disease|
|State||Published - Nov 19 1998|