Glycoconjugate Journal

, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp 287–297 | Cite as

Lewis-antigen-containing ICAM-2/3 on Jurkat leukemia cells interact with DC-SIGN to regulate DC functions

  • Xin Jin
  • Qingpan Bu
  • Yingying Zou
  • Yunpeng Feng
  • Min WeiEmail author
Original Article


Dendritic cell-specific intercellular adhesion molecule-3-grabbing nonintegrin (DC-SIGN) is an important C-type lectin and plays a critical role in the recognition of pathogens and self-antigens. It has recently been shown that DC-SIGN directly interacts with acute T lymphoblastic leukemia cells. However, the mechanism regulating DC-SIGN-dependent DC association as well as related functions is still elusive. Here we showed that DC-SIGN preferentially bound to a set of malignant T lymphocytes, including Jurkat, CCRF-HSB2 and CCRF-CEM. ICAM-2/3 on Jurkat cells appeared to be the responsible ligands and the block of ICAM-2/3 dramatically impaired DC-SIGN association. We also found that ICAM-2/3 bear a considerable amount of Lewis X, Lewis Y and Lewis A residues, which are important for DC-SIGN recognition. Furthermore, transcriptome analysis revealed an upregulation of fucosyltransferase 4 (FUT4) in Jurkat cells and downregulating FUT4 limited DC-SIGN binding, indicating a previously unappreciated role of FUT4 in the control of Lewis antigens on malignant T lymphocytes. In addition, the presence of Jurkat cells impaired DC maturation and the block of DC-SIGN improved Jurkat cell-mediated effects on DC function and T cell differentiation. Together, we provide evidence that DC-SIGN orients DC association with acute T lymphoblastic leukemia cells and orchestrates DC functions.


DC-SIGN ICAM-2 ICAM-3 Lewis antigens FUT4 Immune response 



This work was supported by grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (31270916, 31170769), and the Jilin Provincial Science & Technology Department Program (201205005), and the Natural Science Foundation of Changchun Normal University (2016001).

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xin Jin
    • 1
  • Qingpan Bu
    • 2
  • Yingying Zou
    • 1
  • Yunpeng Feng
    • 1
  • Min Wei
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Molecular Epigenetics of the Ministry of Education (MOE)Northeast Normal UniversityJilinPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.School of Life SciencesChangchun Normal UniversityJilinPeople’s Republic of China

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