CD8+ T cells: GITR matters

ScientificWorldJournal. 2012;2012:308265. doi: 10.1100/2012/308265. Epub 2012 Apr 30.


As many members of the tumor necrosis factor receptor superfamily, glucocorticoid-induced TNFR-related gene (GITR) plays multiple roles mostly in the cells of immune system. CD8(+) T cells are key players in the immunity against viruses and tumors, and GITR has been demonstrated to be an essential molecule for these cells to mount an immune response. The aim of this paper is to focus on GITR function in CD8(+) cells, paying particular attention to numerous and recent studies that suggest its crucial role in mouse disease models.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • CD8-Positive T-Lymphocytes / immunology*
  • CD8-Positive T-Lymphocytes / metabolism*
  • Glucocorticoid-Induced TNFR-Related Protein / genetics
  • Glucocorticoid-Induced TNFR-Related Protein / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Immunity / genetics
  • Immunity / immunology
  • Mice
  • Neoplasms / genetics
  • Neoplasms / immunology
  • Virus Diseases / genetics
  • Virus Diseases / immunology


  • Glucocorticoid-Induced TNFR-Related Protein