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Regulation of cutaneous malignancy by gammadelta T cells.

Girardi M., Oppenheim D.E., Steele C.R., Lewis J.M., Glusac E., Filler R., Hobby P., Sutton B., Tigelaar R.E., Hayday A.C.

The localization of gammadelta T cells within epithelia suggests that these cells may contribute to the down-regulation of epithelial malignancies. We report that mice lacking gammadelta cells are highly susceptible to multiple regimens of cutaneous carcinogenesis. After exposure to carcinogens, skin cells expressed Rae-1 and H60, major histocompatibility complex-related molecules structurally resembling human MICA. Each of these is a ligand for NKG2d, a receptor expressed by cytolytic T cells and natural killer (NK) cells. In vitro, skin-associated NKG2d+ gammadelta cells killed skin carcinoma cells by a mechanism that was sensitive to blocking NKG2d engagement. Thus, local T cells may use evolutionarily conserved proteins to negatively regulate malignancy.

Science 294:605-609(2001) [PubMed] [Europe PMC]