Novel molecular insights into human lipid-mediated t cell immunity

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T cells represent a critical arm of our immune defense against pathogens. Over the past two decades, considerable inroads have been made in understanding the fundamental principles underpinning the molecular presentation of peptide-based antigens by the Major Histocompatibility Complex molecules (MHC-I and II), and their molecular recognition by specialized subsets of T cells. However, some T cells can recognize lipid-based antigens presented by MHC-I-like molecules that belong to the Cluster of Differentiation 1 (CD1) family. Here, we will review the advances that have been made in the last five years to understand the molecular mechanisms orchestrating the presentation of novel endogenous and exogenous lipid-based antigens by the CD1 glycoproteins and their recognition by specific populations of CD1-reactive T cells.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2617
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2021


  • CD1 molecules
  • Immunity
  • Lipids
  • NKT cells
  • αβ and γδ T cells

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