HLA-G promotes immune tolerance

N Rouas-Freiss, P Paul, J Dausset, E D Carosella
Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents 2000, 14 (2): 93-8
HLA-G is a non-classical major histocompatibility complex class I molecule that differs from the classical HLA-A, -B and -C molecules by (i) alternative splicing of mRNAs encoding for at least four membrane-bound and two soluble HLA-G isoforms, (ii) a limited polymorphism, and (iii) a tissue-restricted distribution. Studies over the past few years have elucidated the function of HLA-G demonstrating inhibition of both NK cell- and T cell-mediated cytolysis. Furthermore, aside from its expression during pregnancy, we have shown that HLA-G is also expressed in solid tumor cells (i.e. human melanoma cell lines and ex vivo melanoma biopsies). Here we present a review of the current state of knowledge of the immunotolerant functions of HLA-G and their implications in materno-fetal tolerance and tumor immunosurveillance.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Trending Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.


Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"