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Mol Immunol. 2008 Jun;45(11):3253-63. doi: 10.1016/j.molimm.2008.02.031. Epub 2008 May 1.

Macrophages express multiple ligands for gammadelta TCRs.

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Integrated Department of Immunology, National Jewish Medical and Research Center, 1400 Jackson Street, Denver, CO 80206, United States.


As only a handful of ligands have been identified, the general nature of the ligands recognized by gammadelta T cells remains unresolved. In this study, soluble multimerized gammadelta T cell receptors (smTCRs) representing the TCRs of two gammadelta T cell subsets common in the mouse were used to detect and track their own ligands. Ligands for both subsets were found on resident peritoneal macrophages taken from untreated mice, and the expression of both was further induced by Listeria monocytogenes infection. Nevertheless, the two types of ligand differ from one another in abundance, in the kinetics of their induction following Listeria infection, and in their ability to be induced by in vitro culture with lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Surprisingly, because both are detectable on normal macrophages, these host-derived ligands are likely expressed constitutively, but are induced to higher levels of expression by stress or inflammation. In contrast to T22 and other known cell surface ligands for gammadelta T cells in mice and humans, expression of these smTCR-defined ligands does not depend on beta2-microglobulin, suggesting that they are not MHC class I or class I-like molecules.

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