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Microbial isoprenoid biosynthesis and human gammadelta T cell activation [review]

Eberl, Matthias ORCID:, Hintz, M., Reichenberg, A., Kollas, A. K., Wiesner, J. and Jomaa, H. 2003. Microbial isoprenoid biosynthesis and human gammadelta T cell activation [review]. FEBS Letters 544 (1-3) , pp. 4-10. 10.1016/s0014-5793(03)00483-6

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Human Vgamma9/Vdelta2 T cells play a crucial role in the immune response to microbial pathogens, yet their unconventional reactivity towards non-peptide antigens has been enigmatic until recently. The break-through in identification of the specific activator was only possible due to recent success in a seemingly remote field: the elucidation of the reaction steps of the newly discovered 2-C-methyl-D-erythritol-4-phosphate (MEP) pathway of isoprenoid biosynthesis that is utilised by many pathogenic bacteria. Unexpectedly, the intermediate of the MEP pathway, (E)-4-hydroxy-3-methyl-but-2-enyl-pyrophosphate) (HMB-PP), turned out to be by far the most potent Vgamma9/Vdelta2 T cell activator known, with an EC(50) of 0.1 nM.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0014-5793
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2022 09:00

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