Invariant NKT cell regulation of autoimmunity

Alberto Molano, Steven A. Porcelli

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Accumulating evidence supports the notion that invariant NKT cells that recognize glycolipids presented by CD1d can play a role in the regulation of certain types of autoimmunity. Focusing mainly on studies of type 1 diabetes and several other common autoimmune diseases, we present an overview of the available knowledge and current speculations on the immunoregulatory mechanisms of NKT cells. Targeting invariant NKT cells with specific glycolipids that bind to CD1d might prove to be a powerful means of modulating autoimmunity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-198
Number of pages6
JournalDrug Discovery Today: Disease Mechanisms
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Drug Discovery


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