CD209 antigen (CD209)

Pathogen-recognition receptor expressed on the surface of immature dendritic cells (DCs) and involved in initiation of primary immune reaction. Thought to mediate the endocytosis of pathogens that are subsequently degraded in lysosomal compartments.

The receptor returns to the cell membrane surface and the pathogen-derived antigens are introduced to resting T-cells through MHC class II proteins to initiate the adaptive immune reaction. .