The CD300 molecules: an emerging family of regulators of the Immune System
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In order to provide an adequate response that allows the elimination of insults while preserving self, the immune system is tightly regulated by a balance between activating and inhibitory signals. ...
In order to provide an adequate response that allows the elimination of insults while preserving self, the immune system is tightly regulated by a balance between activating and inhibitory signals. Multiple mechanisms exist to accomplish this task, including the expression of activating and inhibitory receptors by immune cells. The CD300 family of receptors are type I transmembrane proteins that forms an arrayed receptor system that is able to recognize the viability and activation status of cells, and consequently have a significant influence on the final outcome of the immune response. The very recent discovery that CD300 molecules are able to recognize lipids, such as phosphatidylserine, and phosphatidylethanolamine that are exposed on the outer leaflet of the plasma membrane of dead and activated cells has opened a new field of research. Through their binding to lipids and other ligands, this family of receptors is poised to have a significant role in complex biological processes and in the host response to severe pathological conditions. Expression of CD300 molecules is altered in a number of diseases and anti-CD300 antibodies have been demonstrated to have significant therapeutic effect in several animal models. The mechanisms underlying the immunoregulatory effects of the CD300 family are complex and deciphering their signaling properties will allow effective targeting of these molecules as novel therapies in a wide variety of inflammatory and immune-mediated diseases.
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