CLEC4A: CLEC4A Protein | CLEC4A Antibody

CLEC4A Gene family

CLEC4A Background

Dendritic cell immunoreceptor (DCIR), also known as C-type lectin domain family 4 member A (CLEC4A), C-type lectin superfamily member 6 (CLECSF6), is a single-pass type II C-type lectin receptor expressed mainly in dendritic cells (DCs), which is a negative regulator of DC expansion and has a crucial role in maintaining the homeostasis of the immune system. The Dectin-2 family of C-type lectins that includes Dectin-2, BDCA-2, DCIR, DCAR, Clecsf8 and Mincle. These type II receptors contain a single extracellular carbohydrate recognition domain and have diverse functions in both immunity and homeostasis. DCIR is the only member of the family which contains a cytoplasmic signalling motif and has been shown to act as an inhibitory receptor, while BDCA-2, Dectin-2, DCAR and Mincle all associate with FcRgamma chain to induce cellular activation, including phagocytosis and cytokine production. Dectin-2 and Mincle have been shown to act as pattern recognition receptors for fungi, while DCIR acts as an attachment factor for HIV. In addition to pathogen recognition, DCIR has been shown to be pivotal in preventing autoimmune disease by controlling dendritic cell proliferation. DCIR expressed on antigen presenting cells and granulocytes and acts as an inhibitory receptor via an intracellular immunoreceptor tyrosine-based inhibitory motif (ITIM). It may also be involved via its ITIM motif in the inhibition of B-cell-receptor-mediated calcium mobilization and protein tyrosine phosphorylation. Additionally, DCIR can participate in the capture of HIV-1 and promote infection in trans and in cis of autologous CD4(+) T cells from human immature monocyte-derived DCs. DCIR acts as a ligand for HIV-1 and is involved in events leading to productive virus infection.

Reference for CLEC4A

  • Kanazawa N, et al. (2004) Signaling and immune regulatory role of the dendritic cell immunoreceptor (DCIR) family lectins: DCIR, DCAR, dectin-2 and BDCA-2. Immunobiology. 209(1-2): 179-90.
  • Fujikado N, et al. (2008) Dcir deficiency causes development of autoimmune diseases in mice due to excess expansion of dendritic cells. Nat Med. 14(2): 176-80.
  • Lambert AA, et al. (2008) The C-type lectin surface receptor DCIR acts as a new attachment factor for HIV-1 in dendritic cells and contributes to trans- and cis-infection pathways. Blood. 112(4): 1299-307.
  • Graham LM, et al. (2009) The Dectin-2 family of C-type lectins in immunity and homeostasis. Cytokine. 48(1-2): 148-55.

CLEC4A Protein

CLEC4A protein function

C-type lectin receptor that binds carbohydrates mannose and fucose but also weakly interacts with N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) in a Ca(2+)-dependent manner (PubMed:27015765). Involved in regulating immune reactivity (PubMed:18258799, PubMed:10438934). Once triggered by antigen, it is internalized by clathrin-dependent endocytosis and delivers its antigenic cargo into the antigen presentation pathway resulting in cross-priming of CD8(+) T cells. This cross-presentation and cross-priming are enhanced by TLR7 and TLR8 agonists with increased expansion of the CD8(+) T cells, high production of IFNG and TNF with reduced levels of IL4, IL5 and IL13 (PubMed:18258799, PubMed:20530286). In plasmacytoid dendritic cells, inhibits TLR9-mediated IFNA and TNF production (PubMed:18258799). May be involved via its ITIM motif (immunoreceptor tyrosine-based inhibitory motifs) in the inhibition of B-cell-receptor-mediated calcium mobilization and protein tyrosine phosphorylation (PubMed:10438934). {ECO:0000269|PubMed:10438934, ECO:0000269|PubMed:18258799, ECO:0000269|PubMed:20530286, ECO:0000269|PubMed:27015765}.; (Microbial infection) Involved in the interaction between HIV-1 virus and dendritic cells. Enhances HIV-1 binding/entry and virus infection. Requires ITIM motif-associated signal transduction pathway involving phosphatases PTPN6 and PTPN11, SYK, Src kinases and MAP kinases. {ECO:0000269|PubMed:21536857}.

CLEC4A protein expression

Tissue specificity

Expressed preferentially in hematopoietic tissues. Expressed in all circulating Ag-presenting cells such as dendritic cells, myeloid cells, monocytes, macrophages, B-cells and epidermal Langerhans cells (at protein level). Expressed in peripheral blood leukocytes, neutrophils, moderate quantities in spleen, lymph node, and bone marrow, and at very low levels in thymus.


TNF alpha, IL-1 alpha, and LPS, down-regulated expression at the surface of neutrophils (at protein level) (PubMed:11994513). Expression is decreased in dendritic cells by signals inducing their maturation (e.g. CD40 ligand, TLR9 ligands, LPS, and TNF alpha) (PubMed:10438934, PubMed:18258799). Isoform 2: mRNA expression is up-regulated by agonists of neutrophils CSF2/GM-CSF, IL3/interleukin-3, IL4/interleukin-4 and IL13/interleukin-13 (PubMed:11994513).

CLEC4A protein sequence

This sequence information is just for reference only.From Uniport

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CLEC4A Antibody

There are 9 CLEC4A antibodies which are validated in multiple tissues with various applications, including ELISA, ELISA(Det), ELISA(Cap), FCM, IHC-P. There are 5 CLEC4A antibody for ELISA, 1 CLEC4A antibody for ELISA(Det), 1 CLEC4A antibody for ELISA(Cap), 3 CLEC4A antibody for FCM, 1 CLEC4A antibody for IHC-P. Among all these CLEC4A antibodies, there are 5 anti-CLEC4A mouse monoclonal antibodies , 1 anti-CLEC4A rabbit monoclonal antibodies , 3 anti-CLEC4A rabbit polyclonal antibodies . All the CLEC4A anbodies are produced in house and all are in stock. CLEC4A antibody customerized service is available.


CLEC4A gene / cDNA is a protein-coding gene which located on 12p13.31. The CLEC4A gene is conserved in Rhesus monkey, dog, cow, mouse, and rat.61 organisms have orthologs with human gene CLEC4A.