Natural Killer (NK) Cell Receptors and their Role in Pregnancy and Abortion


Natural Killer (NK) Cell Receptors and their Role in Pregnancy and Abortion

Journal of Immunobiology (Hilaris Publishing S.L) has announced almost 50% discount on article processing charge to commemorate its 10th Anniversary.

Journal of Immunobiology is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that focuses and welcomes submissions on all aspects of Immunobiology, Immunology, Autoimmunity, Innate Immunity, Adaptive Immunity, immunization, Immunogenetics, Immune Disorders, Immunodeficiency, Immune inflammation, Immunoinformatics,  Clinical Immunology, Allergy & Immunology, Clinical & Vaccine Immunology,  Inflammatory Disorders, Autoimmune Disorders, Immunotherapy and Immunopathology of infectious, allergic and autoimmune disease etc.  

It gives us great pleasure to announce the call for paper on the occasion of 10th Anniversary of the Journal at special and hefty discount of up to 50 % on one-time article processing charge. Prospective academicians and scientists are encouraged to utilize this opportunity to get their articles reviewed, processed and published at relatively faster pace and at lower charges. In addition to this, the authors who publish with us during the year-long celebrations will also be eligible for academic awards recommended by the editorial panel.

The Archive page contains wide variety of articles such as Research / Review / Case reports / short communication / Mini review / Prospective / Letter to Editors Etc. We would like introduce a Review article which has been spread to the widest audience of experts; and thus increased in readership, citations and altimetry score.

Title: “Natural Killer (NK) Cell Receptors and their Role in Pregnancy and Abortion

Abstract: Existing data suggest that decidual Natural Killer Cells (dNK CD3-CD56brightCD16dim/-) are important in early pregnancy (local response to pathogens, control of trophoblast invasion, uterine vascular remodeling), while in ongoing pregnancy they contribute to the acceptance of the embryo through various immunoregulatory mechanisms. In the so-called alloimmune abortions, CD3-CD56brightCD16dim/-NK cells are decreased in favor of CD3-CD56dimCD16bright NK cells, which are toxic for trophoblast. Most of the activating and inhibitory receptors regulating dNK function belong to the highly polymorphic KIR (Killer Immunoglobulin-like) family. KIRs have as ligands the only HLA molecules expressed on extravillous cytotrophoblast (HLA-C, -E, -G). The interactions of maternal KIR receptors with fetal HLA-C molecules provide an immunogenetic allorecognition system. If inhibitory KIRs recognize their specific ligands, they inhibit dNK activation for trophoblast damage. Otherwise, dNK are allowed to develop anti-trophoblast activity. Given the differences in both the KIR repertoire and the HLA-C allotypes among unrelated individuals, each pregnancy presents a different combination of maternal KIR receptors on dNK and self and non-self HLA-C allotypes on trophoblast. Current studies provide evidence for differences between the combinations arising in successful pregnancies to those found in cases of abortions.

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