Trogocytosis and NK Cells in Mouse and Man

  • Kiave-Yune HoWangYin
  • Edgardo D. Carosella
  • Joel LeMaoultEmail author


The intercellular exchange of membrane-associated proteins between interacting cells is a mechanism which has recently become the subject of intense investigations, whether at the phenomenological, mechanistic, functional, or even conceptual levels. Even though the most prominent examples of intercellular transfer of membranes concern antigen presenting cell–T cell interactions, they have also been described between NK cells and target cells. In this chapter, we will focus on the characteristics of these mechanisms in the context of NK/target cell communication, and discuss the functions associated with intercellular transfers of membrane-bound proteins and their possible relevance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kiave-Yune HoWangYin
    • 1
  • Edgardo D. Carosella
    • 1
  • Joel LeMaoult
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Institut Universitaire d’HématologieCEA, I²BM, Service de Recherches en Hémato-Immunologie, Hôpital Saint LouisParisFrance

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