An innate view of gamma delta T cells

Curr Opin Immunol. 1997 Feb;9(1):57-63. doi: 10.1016/s0952-7915(97)80159-8.


Findings made during the past few years demonstrate that gamma delta T cells apparently share with macrophages a propensity to recognize nonpeptidic molecules of the kind most commonly associated with microorganisms and stressed cells. In general, recognition of these antigens by gamma delta T cells involves the antigen receptor but does not require antigen presenting cells to express MHC gene products or to have a functional antigen processing machinery. Other recent advances continue to support the notion that gamma delta T cells can perform specialized functions related to the repair of tissue damage.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Immunity, Innate*
  • Receptors, Antigen, T-Cell, gamma-delta / analysis*
  • T-Lymphocyte Subsets / immunology*
  • T-Lymphocyte Subsets / metabolism*


  • Receptors, Antigen, T-Cell, gamma-delta