HLA-G is an immunosuppressive molecule, that impairs the function of different immune cell populations, both in physiological and pathological conditions. Here, we have analyzed data obtained by our group and others regarding sHLA-G concentration in plasma from patients with different diseases. Next, we have summarized novel data regarding the impairment of chemotaxis of different immune effector cells mediated by sHLA-G. Finally, we have discussed the impact of this function on the immune response during cancer, viral infection, autoimmunity, and on B cell differentiation in secondary lymphoid organs. In conclusion, we have delineated a role of sHLA-G in the control of chemotaxis of immune effector cells, that may be relevant to modulate immune responses in different settings.
- Chemokine receptors
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
- Immunology and Allergy
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)