Bacterial glycans: key mediators of diverse host immune responses

Cell. 2006 Sep 8;126(5):847-50. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2006.08.021.


Recent studies have shown that the synthesis of various polysaccharides by bacteria can induce immune responses that are beneficial to the bacterium, the host, or both. Here, we discuss the diverse interactions between bacterial glycans and the host immune system.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bacterial Capsules / biosynthesis
  • Bacterial Capsules / immunology*
  • Bacterial Infections / immunology*
  • Bacteroides Infections / immunology
  • Bacteroides fragilis
  • Humans
  • Immunologic Surveillance
  • Molecular Mimicry
  • O Antigens / biosynthesis
  • O Antigens / immunology*


  • O Antigens