Analysis of sialoadhesin expression on mouse alveolar macrophages

Julie Ducreux, Paul R. Crocker, Rita Vanbever

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    Sialoadhesin (Sn) is a macrophage-restricted receptor that was first characterised on mouse resident bone marrow macrophages as a receptor that mediates the binding, without ingestion, of sheep erythrocytes. Sn is highly conserved in mammals but its expression on tissue macrophages is heterogeneous. In the mouse, high levels of erythrocytes binding are shown on macrophages from lymphoid tissues but a low erythrocytes binding activity is detectable on macrophages isolated from the broncho-alveolar space. Yet, Sn expression has been demonstrated on human, rat and pig alveolar macrophages (AM) using methods of molecular biology. Therefore, the present study aimed to investigate the expression of Sn on mouse AM in order to confirm the presence of the protein on this population of murine macrophages. Using cytometrical analyses, we showed that Sn was expressed on mouse AM surface. Following desialyiation, AM largely bound erythrocytes and this binding was inhibited by 3D6, an anti-mouse Sn monoclonal antibody, in a dose-dependent manner. This indicates that Sn is expressed on mouse AM but that the sialic acid binding activity mediated by this molecule is naturally masked by endogenous sialic acid within the glycocalyx on the cell surface. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)77-80
    Number of pages4
    JournalImmunology Letters
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2009


    • Sialoadhesin
    • Mouse alveolar macrophages
    • Monoclonal antibody
    • Acid-binding receptor
    • Sheep erythrocyte receptor
    • Sialic acid
    • Tissue macrophages
    • Adhesion molecule
    • Populations
    • Siglecs
    • Virus
    • Cells


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