Dectin-1b activation by arabinoxylans induces trained immunity in human monocyte-derived macrophages

Bart G.J. Moerings, Jeroen van Bergenhenegouwen, Matthew Furber, Suzanne Abbring, Henk A. Schols, Renger F. Witkamp, Coen Govers, Jurriaan J. Mes*

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Arabinoxylans of various structures and sources have shown to possess the ability to induce a range of immune responses in different cell types in vitro and in vivo. Although the underlying mechanisms remain to be fully established, several studies point towards the involvement of activation of pattern recognition receptors (PRRs). Activation of specific PRRs (i.e., Dectin-1 and CR3) has also been shown to play a key role in the induction of a non-specific memory response in innate immune cells, termed ‘trained innate immunity’. In the current study, we assessed whether arabinoxylans are also able to induce trained innate immunity. To this end, a range of arabinoxylan preparations from different sources were tested for their physicochemical properties and their capacity to induce innate immune training and resilience. In human macrophages, rice and wheat-derived arabinoxylan preparations induced training and/or resilience effects, the extent depending on fiber particle size and solubility. Using a Dectin-1 antagonist or a CR3 antibody, it was demonstrated that arabinoxylan-induced trained immunity in macrophages is mainly dependent on Dectin-1b. These findings build on previous observations showing the immunomodulatory potential of arabinoxylans as biological response modifiers and open up promising avenues for their use as health promoting ingredients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)942-950
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2022


  • Arabinoxylan
  • Complement receptor 3
  • Dectin-1
  • Resilience
  • Trained immunity


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