Special organization of the HLA-G protein on the cell surface Academic Article uri icon


  • The human leukocyte antigen G (HLA-G) molecule possesses unique properties such as low polymorphism and restricted distribution mainly to the extravillous cytotrophoblast (EVT) cells. The EVT cells vigorously penetrate into the maternal decidual tissues and are found in contact with maternal lymphocytes, mainly with natural killer (NK) cells. The HLA-G molecule inhibits the effector function of maternal NK cells via interaction with the KIR2DL4 and the ILT-2 inhibitory NK receptors. Previously, we have demonstrated that complexes of the …

publication date

  • November 30, 2003