Journal article

Characterization of Human Mucosal-associated Invariant T (MAIT) Cells

Michael NT Souter, Liyen Loh, Shihan Li, Bronwyn S Meehan, Nicholas A Gherardin, Dale I Godfrey, Jamie Rossjohn, David P Fairlie, Katherine Kedzierska, Daniel G Pellicci, Zhenjun Chen, Lars Kjer-Nielsen, Alexandra J Corbett, James McCluskey, Sidonia BG Eckle

Current protocols in immunology | Wiley-Blackwell | Published : 2019


Mucosal‐associated invariant T (MAIT) cells are a subset of unconventional T cells restricted by the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I–like molecule MHC‐related protein 1 (MR1). MAIT cells are found throughout the body, especially in human blood and liver. Unlike conventional T cells, which are stimulated by peptide antigens presented by MHC molecules, MAIT cells recognize metabolite antigens derived from an intermediate in the microbial biosynthesis of riboflavin. MAIT cells mediate protective immunity to infections by riboflavin‐producing microbes via the production of cytokines and cytotoxicity. The discovery of stimulating MAIT cell antigens allowed for the development of an..

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