NKG2D homodimer interacting with ligands

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Reaction [binding]
Homo sapiens
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NKG2D is an activating immunoreceptor. By engaging NKG2D, HlA Class I-like molecules such as MICA, MICB, ULBP1-4 and RAE-1 provide powerful costimulation for NK cells and T-cells and can determine the magnitude and outcome of certain effector functions. NKG2D ligands are upregulated on the surfaces of cells under conditions of stress, for example infection or tumorigenesis, and therefore act as molecular flags to the immune system that something is wrong.

Literature References
PubMed ID Title Journal Year
16737824 Structural basis for recognition of MHC and MHC-like ligands by natural killer cell receptors

Deng, L, Mariuzza, RA

Semin Immunol 2006
11955595 Asymmetric ligand recognition by the activating natural killer cell receptor NKG2D, a symmetric homodimer

Strong, RK

Mol Immunol 2002
11858820 Structure and function of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I specific receptors expressed on human natural killer (NK) cells

Coligan, JE, Kim, DK, Pena, J, Solana, R, Maasho, K, Lieto, L, Kabat, J, Borrego, F

Mol Immunol 2002
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