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1 Chris Nevares & Michael Murphy

2 NK cells have a common precursor to other lymphocytes, but it is not known what causes differentiation of NK cells as opposed to T or B cells.

3 NK cell eating a tumor

4 Importance of NK cells


6 Receptors of NK Cells NK cells do not possess antigen specific receptors. They have two different categories of receptors: – Lectin-like – killer-cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIR) Though the structure does not define function.

7 Receptors on NK cells exhibit activation and inhibition functions – Rather than binding to antigen, NK cells have different types of receptors that activate or inhibit their function. Current theory states there are multiple activating and inhibiting receptors on each NK cell Activating receptors exhibit immunoreceptor tyrosine activating motifs (ITAM) while inhibition receptors exhibit immunoreceptor tyrosine inhibition motifs (ITIM) – Basically ITAMs help deliver activation signals, and ITIMs repress them

8 Involved in activation of NK cells

9 Involved in inhibition in NK cells

10 NK cells tend to target cells missing Class I MHC

11 Activating receptor stimulated Inhibition receptor stimulated Result YesNoKills cell No does not kill cell Yes Does not kill cell NoYesDoes not kill cell NK cell receptor stimulations and resulting responses

12 NK cells also have CD16 receptors (FcR)

13 NK Cells have similar cytotoxic pathways as CTLs

14 Perforin and Granzymes are also present in NK cells along with FasL.


16 Granules are composed of perforin and granzymes

17 Dynamin 2 Regulates Granule Exocytosis during NK Cell-Mediated Cytotoxicity 1 Laura N. Arneson,* Colin M. Segovis,* Timothy S. Gomez,*† Renee A. Schoon,* Christopher J. Dick,* Zhenkun Lou,† Daniel D. Billadeau,2*† and Paul J. Leibson*

18 What is Dynamin 2? Dyn2 has five functional domains: 1.GTPase domain 2.Oligomerization domain 3.Pleckstrin homology domain 4.GTPase effector domain 5.Proline-rich domain implicated in in interacting with Src homology 3 (SH3) domains

19 What does Dyn2 do? Regulates: Endo/exocytosis Actin assembly Interacts with: Actin remodeling machinery o Cortactin, Grb2, and Nck Vav1 o T-cell activation & actin polymerization t-SNARE and Vam3p [Vps1p (yeast homologue)] o Vacuole fusion

20 Summary of paper findings 1.Dyn2 regulates NK cell-mediated cytotoxicity o Controls exocytosis of lytic granules 2.Suppression of Dyn2 impairs cell-mediated cytotoxicity 3.Dyn2 effects independent of proximal signaling 4.Dyn2 regulates terminal phase of granule release 5.Novel function of protein in exocytosis o Endocytosis well characterized 6.May participate in broader cell regulation

21 Dyn2 localizes with lytic granules at the NK cytolytic synapse

22 Dyn2 modulates cell-mediated cytotoxicity


24 Dyn2 does not modulate conjugate formation

25 Proximal signaling is unchanged by Dyn2

26 Dyn2 does not effect granule polarization

27 Dyn2 regulates granule secretion

28 Discussion Surprising role in exocytosis Coordination of fission with fusion Dyn2 involved in insulin secretion CTL homologue Muc 13-4 required for vesicle fusion Dyn2 in NK cells not required for secretion In absence of Dyn2: Initial burst occurs, but subsequent bursts limited Finite number of granule fission sites at synapse Ineffective removal of empty lytic vesicles Kiss-and-run model or cavicapture may explain this phenomena

29 Kiss and Run Model

30 Dyn2 in medicine Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease One of the most common inherited neurodegenerative diseases Centronuclear myopathy Improper localization of the nucleus X-linked

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