mTORC2 regulates multiple aspects of NKT-cell development and function

Tammarah Sklarz, Peng Guan, Mercy Gohil, Renee M. Cotton, Moyar Q. Ge, Angela Franciska Haczku, Rupali Das, Martha S. Jordan

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Invariant NKT (iNKT) cells bridge innate and adaptive immunity by rapidly secreting cytokines and lysing targets following TCR recognition of lipid antigens. Based on their ability to secrete IFN-γ, IL-4 and IL-17A, iNKT-cells are classified as NKT-1, NKT-2, and NKT-17 subsets, respectively. The molecular pathways regulating iNKT-cell fate are not fully defined. Recent studies implicate Rictor, a required component of mTORC2, in the development of select iNKT-cell subsets, however these reports are conflicting. To resolve these questions, we used Rictorfl/fl CD4cre+ mice and found that Rictor is required for NKT-17 cell development and normal iNKT-cell cytolytic function. Conversely, Rictor is not absolutely required for IL-4 and IFN-γ production as peripheral iNKT-cells make copious amounts of these cytokines. Overall iNKT-cell numbers are dramatically reduced in the absence of Rictor. We provide data indicating Rictor regulates cell survival as well as proliferation of developing and mature iNKT-cells. Thus, mTORC2 regulates multiple aspects of iNKT-cell development and function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)516-526
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Immunology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017


  • cytotoxicity
  • development
  • differentiation
  • natural killer T cell
  • signal transduction
  • thymus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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