KIR expression shapes cytotoxic repertoires

a developmental program of survival

Neil Thomas Young, Markus Uhrberg

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Abstract

We hypothesize a sequential program of expression of the leukocyte-receptor complex (LRC) in CD8+T cells, associated with cellular activation and the subsequent establishment of immune homeostasis through resistance to apoptosis. This program, which is consistent with the linear development of memory CD8+ T cells, represents an ordered expression of genes during differentiation, analogous to expression of the homeobox- or globin-gene clusters. Our model not only has implications for the development and maintenance of T-cell memory but also, relates to the formation of LRC repertoires in other cell types, particularly, the development of killer-cell Ig-like receptor (KIR) repertoires in natural-killer-cell precursors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-75
Number of pages5
JournalTrends in Immunology
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2002

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T-Lymphocytes
Leukocytes
Globins
Homeobox Genes
Multigene Family
Natural Killer Cells
Homeostasis
Maintenance
Apoptosis
Gene Expression

Keywords

  • Animals
  • CD8-Positive T-Lymphocytes
  • Cell Survival
  • Cytotoxicity, Immunologic
  • Humans
  • Immunologic Memory
  • Killer Cells, Natural
  • Receptors, Immunologic
  • Receptors, KIR
  • T-Lymphocytes, Regulatory
  • Leukocyte receptor complex
  • Killer Ig-like receptor
  • activation-induced cell death
  • immunology
  • development
  • genetics

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KIR expression shapes cytotoxic repertoires : a developmental program of survival. / Young, Neil Thomas; Uhrberg, Markus.

In: Trends in Immunology, Vol. 23, No. 2, 01.02.2002, p. 71-75.

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Young, Neil Thomas ; Uhrberg, Markus. / KIR expression shapes cytotoxic repertoires : a developmental program of survival. In: Trends in Immunology. 2002 ; Vol. 23, No. 2. pp. 71-75.
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