Spontaneous mutations in the human CMV HLA class I homologue UL18 affect its binding to the inhibitory receptor LIR-1/ILT2/CD85j.


Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) down-regulates cell surface expression of HLA class I molecules (HLA-I). UL18, an HCMV-encoded HLA-I homologue, has been proposed to protect virus-infected cells against NK cell recognition by engaging the inhibitory receptor leukocyte Ig-like receptor (LIR)-1, which also binds a broad spectrum of HLA-I alleles, including HLA-G1… (More)


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