Structure of the carbohydrate-recognition domain of human Langerin with man5 (Man alpha1-3(Man alpha1-6)Man alpha1-6)(Man- alpha1-3)Man

Experimental Data Snapshot

  • Resolution: 1.80 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.220 
  • R-Value Work: 0.174 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.176 

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Structural Basis for Langerin Recognition of Diverse Pathogen and Mammalian Glycans through a Single Binding Site.

Feinberg, H.Taylor, M.E.Razi, N.McBride, R.Knirel, Y.A.Graham, S.A.Drickamer, K.Weis, W.I.

(2011) J Mol Biol 405: 1027-1039

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmb.2010.11.039
  • Primary Citation of Related Structures:  
    3P5D, 3P5E, 3P5F, 3P5G, 3P5H, 3P5I

  • PubMed Abstract: 

    Langerin mediates the carbohydrate-dependent uptake of pathogens by Langerhans cells in the first step of antigen presentation to the adaptive immune system. Langerin binds to an unusually diverse number of endogenous and pathogenic cell surface carbohydrates, including mannose-containing O-specific polysaccharides derived from bacterial lipopolysaccharides identified here by probing a microarray of bacterial polysaccharides. Crystal structures of the carbohydrate-recognition domain from human langerin bound to a series of oligomannose compounds, the blood group B antigen, and a fragment of β-glucan reveal binding to mannose, fucose, and glucose residues by Ca(2+) coordination of vicinal hydroxyl groups with similar stereochemistry. Oligomannose compounds bind through a single mannose residue, with no other mannose residues contacting the protein directly. There is no evidence for a second Ca(2+)-independent binding site. Likewise, a β-glucan fragment, Glcβ1-3Glcβ1-3Glc, binds to langerin through the interaction of a single glucose residue with the Ca(2+) site. The fucose moiety of the blood group B trisaccharide Galα1-3(Fucα1-2)Gal also binds to the Ca(2+) site, and selective binding to this glycan compared to other fucose-containing oligosaccharides results from additional favorable interactions of the nonreducing terminal galactose, as well as of the fucose residue. Surprisingly, the equatorial 3-OH group and the axial 4-OH group of the galactose residue in 6SO(4)-Galβ1-4GlcNAc also coordinate Ca(2+), a heretofore unobserved mode of galactose binding in a C-type carbohydrate-recognition domain bearing the Glu-Pro-Asn signature motif characteristic of mannose binding sites. Salt bridges between the sulfate group and two lysine residues appear to compensate for the nonoptimal binding of galactose at this site.

  • Organizational Affiliation

    Department of Structural Biology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA.

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Entity ID: 1
MoleculeChains Sequence LengthOrganismDetailsImage
C-type lectin domain family 4 member K
A, B, C, D
136Homo sapiensMutation(s): 1 
Gene Names: CD207CLEC4K
UniProt & NIH Common Fund Data Resources
Find proteins for Q9UJ71 (Homo sapiens)
Explore Q9UJ71 
Go to UniProtKB:  Q9UJ71
GTEx:  ENSG00000116031 
Entity Groups  
Sequence Clusters30% Identity50% Identity70% Identity90% Identity95% Identity100% Identity
UniProt GroupQ9UJ71
Sequence Annotations
  • Reference Sequence


Entity ID: 2
MoleculeChains Length2D Diagram Glycosylation3D Interactions
Glycosylation Resources
GlyTouCan:  G00891MP
GlyCosmos:  G00891MP
GlyGen:  G00891MP
Biologically Interesting Molecules (External Reference) 1 Unique
Experimental Data & Validation

Experimental Data

  • Resolution: 1.80 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.220 
  • R-Value Work: 0.174 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.176 
  • Space Group: P 42
Unit Cell:
Length ( Å )Angle ( ˚ )
a = 79.34α = 90
b = 79.34β = 90
c = 89.67γ = 90
Software Package:
Software NamePurpose
Blu-Icedata collection
PHENIXmodel building
MOSFLMdata reduction
SCALAdata scaling

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Entry History 

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Revision History  (Full details and data files)

  • Version 1.0: 2010-12-08
    Type: Initial release
  • Version 1.1: 2011-07-13
    Changes: Version format compliance
  • Version 2.0: 2020-07-29
    Type: Remediation
    Reason: Carbohydrate remediation
    Changes: Atomic model, Data collection, Database references, Derived calculations, Structure summary