mannan-binding lectin


mannan-binding lectin
(= MBL; formerly mannan-binding protein, MBP)
Plasma protein (32 kD) structurally related to complement C1, that binds specific carbohydrates (mannans) on the surface of various microorganisms including bacteria, yeasts, parasitic protozoa, and viruses; activates the complement cascade through MASP and promotes phagocytosis. Deficiency is associated with frequent infections in childhood.

Dictionary of molecular biology. 2004.

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