Fine tuning the immune response through B7-H3 and B7-H4

Immunol Rev. 2009 May;229(1):145-51. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-065X.2009.00768.x.


B7-H3 and B7-H4 belong to a new class of immune regulatory molecules, which primarily execute their functions in peripheral tissues to fine tune immune responses in target organs. In normal circumstances, while the mRNA for both molecules is broadly distributed, tight control at the post-transcriptional level is imposed. Under a pathogenic environment, such as inflammation and cancer, the control is often aberrant. Upon engaging their receptors, these molecules regulate the immune response in positive or negative ways depending on the expression and type of cells bearing the receptors. Thus, manipulation of the expression of these molecules and/or their receptors may represent a realistic opportunity to fine tune immune responses and to design new immunotherapeutic approaches.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antigens, CD / genetics
  • Antigens, CD / immunology*
  • B7 Antigens
  • B7-1 Antigen / genetics
  • B7-1 Antigen / immunology*
  • Humans
  • Immunity, Innate*
  • Mice
  • Neoplasms / immunology
  • Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Receptors, Immunologic / genetics
  • Receptors, Immunologic / immunology*
  • T-Lymphocytes / immunology*
  • T-Lymphocytes / metabolism
  • V-Set Domain-Containing T-Cell Activation Inhibitor 1


  • Antigens, CD
  • B7 Antigens
  • B7-1 Antigen
  • CD276 protein, human
  • Cd276 protein, mouse
  • Receptors, Immunologic
  • TREML2 protein, human
  • V-Set Domain-Containing T-Cell Activation Inhibitor 1
  • VTCN1 protein, human
  • Vtcn1 protein, mouse