CD8 receptor

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CD8 receptor

Existing structural data : 1AKJ , 1CD8 , 1Q69 , 2HP4

Mass / length primary structure 428 = 2 x 214 or 403 = 214 + 189 amino acids
Secondary to quaternary structure α + α or α + β
Isoforms α: 2, β: 6
Gene name (s) CD8A , CD8B
External IDs

The CD8 or CD8 is a surface protein that has a significant role in the immune system of vertebrates plays.


CD8 is a protein that is embedded in the cell membrane of cytotoxic T cells and is characteristic of this cell type and its direct precursor . CD stands for Cluster of Differentiation . In addition, CD8 is also found on NK cells , thymocytes and dendritic cells . Furthermore, CD8 is also formed in lymphoblastic T-cell lymphoma , in hypopigmented mycosis fungoides and in epitheliotropic T-cell lymphoma in dogs . CD8 is a coreceptor of the T cell receptor . The T-cell receptor recognizes the epitope presented on MHC-I and CD8 binds the MHC-I complex on antigen-presenting cells . All cells in the body that contain nucleus (i.e. no erythrocytes ) produce MHC-I complexes and present short peptides of eight to eleven amino acids on them , which were produced from cellular proteins by proteolysis in the proteasome and introduced into the endoplasmic reticulum via the antigen peptide transporter and there bound by MHC-I complexes. Cytotoxic T cells with CD8 now recognize whether they are viral peptides or peptides of mutated (and thus often cancer-related) proteins. If they recognize foreign peptides and a costimulator is expressed in the presenting target cell , the cytotoxic (CD8) T cell is activated and then the MHC-I-carrying target cell is destroyed.


Schematic structure

CD8 exists in different isoforms . Most often an α- homodimer or an α-β- heterodimer (both monomers about 34 kDa ) is formed. CD8 is predominantly a β-sheet with 46% of the amino acids and 2% α-helices , the rest are β-loops . The extracellular part of CD8 binds to α3 of the MHC-I molecule.

Individual evidence

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