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A class of C-type lectins that target the carbohydrate structures found on invading pathogens. Binding of collectins to microorganisms results in their agglutination and enhanced clearance. Collectins form trimers that may assemble into larger oligomers. Each collectin polypeptide chain consists of four regions: a relatively short N-terminal region, a collagen-like region, an alpha-helical coiled-coil region, and carbohydrate-binding region.
- Collagenous Lectins
- Lectins, Collagenous
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Below are the most recent publications written about "Collectins" by people in Profiles.
Surfactant protein C-deficient mice are susceptible to respiratory syncytial virus infection. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2009 Jul; 297(1):L64-72.