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L-MBP is expressed in epithelial cells of mouse small intestine.

The mannan-binding proteins (L-MBP and S-MBP, also denoted MBL-C and MBL-A), mainly produced in liver and existing in liver and serum, play important roles in the innate immunity against a variety of pathogens. Total RNA from mouse tissues were screened for MBP mRNA by RT-PCR. In addition to liver, S-MBP mRNA was detected in lung, kidney, and testis, and L-MBP mRNA was detected in kidney, thymus, and small intestine. Quantitative RT-PCR revealed that the small intestine is a predominant site of extrahepatic expression of L-MBP. Western blotting with polyclonal Abs against rat L-MBP demonstrated this protein in Triton X-100 extracts of the small intestine obtained from mice that had undergone systemic perfusion. Immunohistochemical staining with an mAb against mouse L-MBP and in situ hybridization revealed that L-MBP is selectively expressed in some villous epithelial cells of the small intestine. These findings suggest that L-MBP plays a role in mucosal innate immunity.[1]


  1. L-MBP is expressed in epithelial cells of mouse small intestine. Uemura, K., Saka, M., Nakagawa, T., Kawasaki, N., Thiel, S., Jensenius, J.C., Kawasaki, T. J. Immunol. (2002) [Pubmed]
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