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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2004 Jul 20;101(29):10685-90. Epub 2004 Jul 8.

Mycobacterial phosphatidylinositol mannoside is a natural antigen for CD1d-restricted T cells.

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Department of Immunology, Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Schumannstrasse 21/22, 10117 Berlin, Germany.


A group of T cells recognizes glycolipids presented by molecules of the CD1 family. The CD1d-restricted natural killer T cells (NKT cells) are primarily considered to be self-reactive. By employing CD1d-binding and T cell assays, the following structural parameters for presentation by CD1d were defined for a number of mycobacterial and mammalian lipids: two acyl chains facilitated binding, and a polar head group was essential for T cell recognition. Of the mycobacterial lipids tested, only a phosphatidylinositol mannoside (PIM) fulfilled the requirements for CD1d binding and NKT cell stimulation. This PIM activated human and murine NKT cells via CD1d, thereby triggering antigen-specific IFN-gamma production and cell-mediated cytotoxicity, and PIM-loaded CD1d tetramers identified a subpopulation of murine and human NKT cells. This phospholipid, therefore, represents a mycobacterial antigen recognized by T cells in the context of CD1d.

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