Immunologic Research

, Volume 21, Issue 2–3, pp 123–127 | Cite as

Function of intestinal γδ T cells

  • Richard Boismenu


Mucosal tissues including the intestine, lung, reproductive tract, and skin form the major interfaces between the outside and internal milieus. Facing the outside is an epithelial cell layer, the epithelium, built on a vascular connective surface. In addition to performing specialized functions, mucosal tissues are sites where immune, epithelial, and neuronal cell types act in concert to maintain tissue integrity and fightin vading pathogens. This article presents the latest findings from my laboratory describing a novel protective function for the intestinal intraepithelial γδ T cells (γδ intraepithelial lymphocytes).

Key Words

Colitis Dextran sulfate sodium Inflammatory bowel disease Intraepithelial lymphocytes Inflammation Keratinocyte growth factor 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Boismenu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Immunology, IMM-8The Scripps Research InstituteLa Jolh

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