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.
|Journal||International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
Research Areas and Centers
- Academic Focus: Center for Infection and Inflammation Research (ZIEL)