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Information transfer in mammalian glycan-based communication


Kim, Dongyoon; Fuchsberger, Felix; Baranova, Natalia; Rademacher, Christoph (2023), Information transfer in mammalian glycan-based communication, Dryad, Dataset,


Glycan-binding proteins, so-called lectins, are exposed on mammalian cell surfaces and decipher the information encoded within glycans translating it into biochemical signal transduction pathways in the cell. These glycan-lectin communication pathways are complex and difficult to analyze. However, quantitative data with single -cell resolution provide means to disentangle the associated signaling cascades. We chose C-type lectin receptors (CTLs) expressed on immune cells as a model system to study their capacity to transmit information encoded in glycans of incoming particles. In particular, we used NF-κBnuclear factor kappa-B-reporter cell lines expressing DC-specific ICAM-3–grabbing nonintegrin (DC-SIGN)DC-SIGN, macrophage C-type lectin (MCL), dectin-1, dectin-2, and minclemacrophage-inducible C-type lectin (MINCLE), as well as TNFαR and TLR-1&2 in monocytic cell lines and compared their transmission of glycan-encoded information. All receptors did transmit information with similar signaling capacity, except dectin-2. This lectin was identified to be less efficient in information transmission compared to the other CTLs, and even while en the sensitivity of the dectin-2 pathway was enhanced by overexpression of its co-receptor FcRγ, its transmitted information was not. Next, we expanded our investigation towards the integration of multiple signal transduction pathways including synergistic lectins, which is crucial during pathogen recognition. We show how the signaling capacity of lectin receptors using a similar signal transduction pathway (dectin-1 and dectin-2) areis being integrated by compromising between the lectins. In contrast, co-expression of MCL synergistically enhanced the dectin-2 signaling capacity, particularly at low -glycan stimulant concentration. By using dectin-2 and other lectins as examples, we demonstrate how signaling capacity of dectin-2 is modulated in the presence of other lectins, and therefore, the findings provide insight into how immune cells translate glycan information using


The data consist of a flow cytometry raw data file and excel sheets locating the experimental conditions of the flow cytometry files.

The data include all the experimental data used for every figure set of the paper.

Usage notes

We used FlowCal library to import fcs.

Please see:

The fcs files are already gated, but if it is not, use this gating method:

gated = FlowCal.gate.ellipse(s_g1, channels=['FSC-A', 'SSC-A'], log=True, center=(5.6, 5.3), a=0.3, b=0.25, theta=60/180.*np.pi)

The GFP channel is "BL1-A" and the labelled zymosan signal is 'FL7-A'.


European Research Council, Award: 716024