Glycoconjugate Journal

, Volume 24, Issue 4–5, pp 243–249 | Cite as

LPS suppresses expression of asialoglycoprotein-binding protein through TLR4 in thioglycolate-elicited peritoneal macrophages

  • Bruce Yong Ma
  • Mio Kaihama
  • Motohiro Nonaka
  • Shogo Oka
  • Nobuko Kawasaki
  • Toshisuke Kawasaki


Macrophages are known to express various types of endocytosis receptors that mediate the removal of foreign pathogens. Macrophage asialoglycoprotein-binding protein (M-ASGP-BP) is a Gal/GalNAc-specific lectin, which functions as an endocytosis receptor. We found here that LPS is able to down-regulate the mRNA expression of M-ASGP-BP in a time-dependent manner using thioglycolate-elicited rat and mouse peritoneal macrophages. However, LPS does not modulate the mRNA expression of M-ASGP-BP from macrophages of C3H/HeN mice, which have a point mutation of TLR4, the primary LPS receptor. Furthermore, an inhibitor of NF-κB was observed to efficiently block the suppressive effect of LPS on M-ASGP-BP as well as to inhibit the phosphorylated IκB. These results demonstrate that the mRNA expression of M-ASGP-BP is down-regulated by the LPS-mediated TLR4 pathway involving NF-κB activation, suggesting that engagement of M-ASGP-BP by LPS may yield a negative signal that interferes with the LPS-induced positive signals mediated by proinflammatory cytokines.


Macrophage asialoglycoprotein-binding protein C-type lectin LPS TLR4 NF-κB 



macrophage asialoglycoprotein-binding protein


macrophage C-type galactose/N-acetylgalactosamine-specific lectin





toll-like receptor 4


mitogen-activated protein kinase


extracellular signal-regulated protein kinase


c-Jun amino-terminal kinase


nuclear factor kappa B


inhibitor of NF-κB



The authors would like to thank Ms. Tomoko Tominaga for the secretarial assistance.

This work was supported in part by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Priority Areas, A-14082203, to T. Kawasaki, and for Scientific Research, C-18590471, to B.Y. Ma from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Center for GlycobiotechnologyRitsumeikan UniversityShigaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Biological Chemistry, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical SciencesKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  3. 3.School of Health Sciences, Faculty of MedicineKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

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