The molecular assembly of the marsupial γμ T cell receptor defines a third T cell lineage

Kimberly A. Morrissey, Marcin Wegrecki, T. Praveena, Victoria L. Hansen, Lijing Bu, Komagal Kannan Sivaraman, Samuel Darko, Daniel C. Douek, Jamie Rossjohn, Robert D. Miller, Jérôme Le Nours

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αβ and γδ T cell receptors (TCRs) are highly diverse antigen receptors that define two evolutionary conserved T cell lineages. We describe a population of γμTCRs found exclusively in non-eutherian mammals that consist of a two-domain (Vγ-Cγ) γ-chain paired to a three-domain (Vμ-Vμj-Cμ) μ-chain. γμTCRs were characterized by restricted diversity in the Vγ and Vμj domains and a highly diverse unpaired Vμ domain. Crystal structures of two distinct γμTCRs revealed the structural basis of the association of the γμTCR heterodimer. The γμ domain shared the characteristics of a single-domain antibody within which the hypervariable CDR3μ loop suggests a major antigen recognition determinant. We define here the molecular basis underpinning the assembly of a third TCR lineage, the γμTCR.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1383-1388
Number of pages6
Issue number6536
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2021

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