Application Methods: Flow Cytometry, IHC-Leica® Bond™, Immunohistochemistry (Paraffin), Immunoprecipitation, Western Blotting
Background: Major histocompatibility complex class II (MHC class II) molecules are heterodimeric, transmembrane glycoproteins expressed on the surface of antigen-presenting cells such as macrophages, dendritic cells, and B cells. Expression can also be induced on other cell types through interferon-γ signaling (1). Prior to being displayed on the cell membrane, MHC class II molecules are loaded with exogenous peptide antigens approximately 15-24 amino acids in length that were derived from endocytosed extracellular proteins digested in the lysosome (2). Antigen-presentation through MHC class II is required for T cell activation during the immune response to extracellular pathogens (2). In humans, the MHC class II protein complex is encoded by the human leukocyte antigen gene complex (HLA). HLAs corresponding to MHC class II are HLA-DP, HLA-DM, HLA-DOA, HLA-DOB, HLA-DQ, and HLA-DR (3).
Application Methods: Immunohistochemistry (Paraffin), Western Blotting
Background: HLA-G (HLA-G histocompatibility antigen, class I, G) is a non-classical MHC molecule expressed by trophoblasts in placenta, thymic epithelial cells, and some tumors. Alternative splicing leads to generation of at least six isoforms, four that are transmembrane proteins and two that are soluble (1-4). It is an inhibitory molecule involved in immune tolerance and escape, originally studied for its role in maternal tolerance of the fetus during pregnancy (1-5). HLA-G binds ILT2, ILT4, and KIR2DL4, playing a role in the regulation of natural killer, T, and monocyte/macrophage cells (4-5). Its involvement in evasion of immune response makes it a potential target for immunotherapy (6).