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To determine how distinct receptors of the immune system can contribute to innate immunity, we investigated the pattern of Toll-like receptor 1 (TLR1) and TLR2 expression in human lymphoid tissue. We found that TLR1 and TLR2 were co-expressed on cells of the innate immune system, including macrophages and dendritic cells. In addition, TLR1 and TLR2 were expressed in mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue on tonsillar crypt epithelium. Of the lymphoid tissue examined, spleen expressed the highest levels of TLR2. Although TLR1- and TLR2-positive cells were in close proximity to T lymphocytes in vivo, lymphocytes themselves were devoid of TLR1 and TLR2 expression. The co-expression of TLR1 and TLR2 on myeloid cells in lymphoid tissue provides the host with the ability to respond to a variety of microbial ligands at sites conducive to the generation of an immune response.