The effect of intracellular trafficking of CD1d on the formation of TCR repertoire of NKT cells

Jung Hoon Shin, Se Ho Park

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CD1 molecules belong to non-polymorphic MHC class I-like proteins and present lipid antigens to T cells. Five different CD1 genes (CD1a-e) have been identified and classified into two groups. Group 1 include CD1a-c and present pathogenic lipid antigens to αβ T cells reminiscence of peptide antigen presentation by MHC-I molecules. CD1d is the only member of Group 2 and presents foreign and self lipid antigens to a specialized subset of αβ T cells, NKT cells. NKT cells are involved in diverse immune responses through prompt and massive production of cytokines. CD1d-dependent NKT cells are categorized upon the usage of their T cell receptors. A major subtype of NKT cells (type I) is invariant NKT cells which utilize invariant Vα14-Jα18 TCR alpha chain in mouse. The remaining NKT cells (type II) utilize diverse TCR alpha chains. Engineered CD1d molecules with modified intracellular trafficking produce either type I or type II NKT celldefects suggesting the lipid antigens for each subtypes of NKT cells are processed/generated in different intracellular compartments. Since the usage of TCR by a T cell is the result of antigen-driven selection, the intracellular metabolic pathways of lipid antigen are a key in forming the functional NKT cell repertoire. [BMB Reports 2014; 47(5): 241-248]

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-248
Number of pages8
JournalBMB reports
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2014 May


  • Antigen presentation
  • CD1d
  • Endolysosomal compartment
  • Endosome
  • Glycolipid
  • Lysosome
  • NKT cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


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