Development of mucosal-associated invariant T cells
AuthorKoay, H-F; Godfrey, DI; Pellicci, DG
Source TitleImmunology and Cell Biology
AffiliationMicrobiology and Immunology
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsKoay, H. -F., Godfrey, D. I. & Pellicci, D. G. (2018). Development of mucosal-associated invariant T cells. IMMUNOLOGY AND CELL BIOLOGY, 96 (6), pp.598-606. https://doi.org/10.1111/imcb.12039.
Access StatusOpen Access
NHMRC Grant codeNHMRC/1020770
Mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells develop in the thymus and migrate into the periphery to become the largest antigen-specific αβ T-cell population in the human immune system. However, the frequency of MAIT cells varies widely between human individuals, and the basis for this is unclear. While MAIT cells are highly conserved through evolution and are phenotypically similar between humans and mice, they represent a much smaller proportion of total T cells in mice. In this review, we discuss how MAIT cells transition through a three-stage development pathway in both mouse and human thymus, and continue to mature and expand after they leave the thymus. Moreover, we will explore and speculate on how specific factors regulate different stages of this process.
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