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Hum Immunol. 2016 Jul;77(7):566-70. doi: 10.1016/j.humimm.2016.05.001. Epub 2016 May 5.

CD1A, D and E gene polymorphisms in a North African population from Morocco.

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CNR Institute of Translational Pharmacology, UOS L'Aquila, Italy.
Laboratoire d'Immunologie, Institut National D'Hygiene, Rabat, Morocco.
Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology, Rabat, Morocco.
CNR Institute of Translational Pharmacology, UOS L'Aquila, Italy. Electronic address:


CD1 molecules are specialized in capturing and presenting lipids and glycolipids to distinct subsets of T and NKT cells. Glycolipid presentation could play a significant role in the immune response against microbial infections. There are five closely linked CD1 genes in humans, named CD1A, B, C, D, and E, which all show a limited polymorphism. In this study, exon 2 polymorphisms of CD1A, CD1D and CD1E were investigated and allele, genotype and haplotype frequencies of these loci were reported in a Moroccan population. A comparison with allele, genotype and haplotype frequencies observed in other geographic areas was also performed. Results confirmed the presence of ethnic differences in CD1 polymorphism, mainly in CD1D (in this population two additional CD1D variant alleles, CD1D(∗)03 and CD1D(∗)04, were described) and E genes. These data could be useful to evaluate a possible pathogenetic role of CD1 in diseases. Increasing the knowledge in this field may offer possibilities for the development of new immunotherapeutic approaches.


CD1; Morocco; Polymorphism; Population genetics; Sequence based typing (SBT)

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