All human natural killer cells and some memory T cells express HLA class I receptors, so-called natural killer cell receptors (NKRs), a receptor class that in the past few years has been shown to include several members of the immunoglobulin superfamily and the C-type lectin CD94-NKG2A complex. NKR ligand mediated cross-linking leads to the recruitment and activation of a tyrosine phosphatase involved in downregulating the phosphorylation of effector molecules involved in cell triggering. Thus, NKR engagement leads to the inhibition of different NK and T cell functions.
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- Immunology and Allergy