CD46: The 'multitasker' of complement proteins

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    Complement is undeniably quintessential for innate immunity by detecting and eliminating infectious microorganisms. Recent work, however, highlights an equally profound impact of complement on the induction and regulation of a wide range of immune cells. In particular, the complement regulator CD46 emerges as a key sensor of immune activation and a vital modulator of adaptive immunity. In this review, we summarize the current knowledge of CD46-mediated signalling events and their functional consequences on immune-competent cells with a specific focus on those in CD4(+) T cells. We will also discuss the promises and challenges that potential therapeutic modulation of CD46 may hold and pose.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numberN/A
    Pages (from-to)2808-2820
    Number of pages13
    JournalThe international journal of biochemistry & cell biology
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


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