Aliases for CD8B Gene
External Ids for CD8B Gene
Previous Symbols for CD8B Gene
The CD8 antigen is a cell surface glycoprotein found on most cytotoxic T lymphocytes that mediates efficient cell-cell interactions within the immune system. The CD8 antigen, acting as a coreceptor, and the T-cell receptor on the T lymphocyte recognize antigens displayed by an antigen presenting cell (APC) in the context of class I MHC molecules. The functional coreceptor is either a homodimer composed of two alpha chains, or a heterodimer composed of one alpha and one beta chain. Both alpha and beta chains share significant homology to immunoglobulin variable light chains. This gene encodes the CD8 beta chain isoforms. Multiple alternatively spliced transcript variants encoding distinct membrane associated or secreted isoforms have been described. A pseudogene, also located on chromosome 2, has been identified. [provided by RefSeq, May 2010]
GeneCards Summary for CD8B Gene
CD8B (CD8b Molecule) is a Protein Coding gene. Among its related pathways are Disease and Class I MHC mediated antigen processing and presentation. GO annotations related to this gene include coreceptor activity and MHC class I protein binding.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for CD8B Gene
Identifies cytotoxic/suppressor T-cells that interact with MHC class I bearing targets. CD8 is thought to play a role in the process of T-cell mediated killing