Glycans and Glycan-Binding Proteins as Regulators and Potential Targets in Leukocyte Recruitment

Franziska Krautter, Asif J. Iqbal

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Leukocyte recruitment is a highly controlled cascade of interactions between proteins expressed by the endothelium and circulating leukocytes. The involvement of glycans and glycan-binding proteins in the leukocyte recruitment cascade has been well-characterised. However, our understanding of these interactions and their regulation has expanded substantially in recent years to include novel lectins and regulatory pathways. In this review, we discuss the role of glycans and glycan-binding proteins, mediating the interactions between endothelium and leukocytes both directly and indirectly. We also highlight recent findings of key enzymes involved in glycosylation which affect leukocyte recruitment. Finally, we investigate the potential of glycans and glycan binding proteins as therapeutic targets to modulate leukocyte recruitment and transmigration in inflammation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number624082
JournalFrontiers in cell and developmental biology
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding. AI was supported by Birmingham Fellowship and AMS Springboard Award (grant number SBF003/1156). FK studentship was supported by AMS Springboard award (grant number SBF003/1156) and the University of Birmingham. The Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Birmingham was recipient of a BHF Accelerator Award (AA/18/2/34,218).

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© Copyright © 2021 Krautter and Iqbal.


  • glycan
  • glycan-binding protein
  • glycomimetics
  • lectins
  • leukocyte recruitment
  • transmigration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology


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