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Ficolin A and ficolin B are expressed in distinct ontogenic patterns and cell types in the mouse.

Ficolins are a group of proteins characterized by the presence of collagen-like and fibrinogen-like domains. Two of three human ficolins, L-ficolin and H-ficolin, are serum lectins that form complexes with mannose-binding lectin-associated serine proteases (MASPs) and play important roles in the lectin complement pathway. The other human ficolin, M-ficolin, is a non-serum-type ficolin that is expressed in monocytes. Little is known about the physiological roles of ficolins. In this study, we delineated the ontogeny and cell types that express ficolins in mice. RT-PCR analysis showed that the expression pattern of ficolin A expression was closely similar to that of Masps, suggesting that these molecules may function in coordination as components of the lectin complement pathway. The cell types that express ficolin A mRNA in both adult liver and spleen were identified as macrophages by in situ hybridization. Ficolin B exhibited a distinct ontogeny pattern that switched from embryonic liver to postnatal bone marrow and spleen. The cells that express ficolin B mRNA were identified as belonging to the myeloid cell lineage by magnetic sorting and by subsequent RT-PCR in bone marrow cells. Thus, the different spatial-temporal expression patterns of ficolins A and B suggest that these molecules play distinct roles in the prenatal and postnatal stages.[1]


  1. Ficolin A and ficolin B are expressed in distinct ontogenic patterns and cell types in the mouse. Liu, Y., Endo, Y., Homma, S., Kanno, K., Yaginuma, H., Fujita, T. Mol. Immunol. (2005) [Pubmed]
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