Pentraxins as a key component of innate immunity

Barbara Bottazzi, Cecilia Garlanda, Giovanni Salvatori, Pascale Jeannin, Angelo Manfredi, Alberto Mantovani

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Pentraxins are a complex superfamily of multifunctional molecules characterized by a multimeric structure. C-reactive protein and pentraxin 3 (PTX3) are prototypic molecules of the short and long pentraxin family, respectively. PTX3 is conserved in evolution and produced by innate immune cells. Evidence suggests that PTX3 acts as a non-redundant component of the humoral arm of innate immunity, downstream of, and complementary to, cellular recognition, as well as a tuner of inflammation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-15
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Immunology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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