The role of NK cell recognition of nectin and nectin-like proteins in tumor immunosurveillance

Semin Cancer Biol. 2006 Oct;16(5):359-66. doi: 10.1016/j.semcancer.2006.07.002. Epub 2006 Jul 7.


Natural killer (NK) cells have important functions in the innate immunity to tumors. Recognition of tumor cells by NK cells is mediated by the interaction of activating and inhibitory NK cell receptors with ligands expressed on the tumor target. In addition, NK cell-target cell interactions require the engagement of adhesion molecules that stabilize the cell-cell conjugate. Recently, several novel NK cell receptors have been reported to regulate NK cell adhesion and activation through interaction with ligands of the nectin and nectin-like (Necl) family of adhesion molecules. We here review current knowledge on these receptors, CD226, CD96 and CRTAM, and their role in tumor immunosurveillance.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antigens, CD / physiology
  • Antigens, Differentiation, T-Lymphocyte / physiology
  • Cell Adhesion Molecule-1
  • Cell Adhesion Molecules / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulins / physiology*
  • Immunologic Surveillance*
  • Killer Cells, Natural / immunology*
  • Killer Cells, Natural / physiology
  • Membrane Proteins / physiology*
  • Models, Biological
  • Nectins
  • Neoplasms / immunology*
  • Receptors, Virus / physiology*
  • Tumor Escape / genetics


  • Antigens, CD
  • Antigens, Differentiation, T-Lymphocyte
  • CD226 antigen
  • CD96 antigen
  • Cadm1 protein, mouse
  • Cell Adhesion Molecule-1
  • Cell Adhesion Molecules
  • Immunoglobulins
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Nectins
  • Receptors, Virus
  • class-I restricted T cell-associated molecule
  • poliovirus receptor