Special Issue "Trogocytosis in Disease and Therapy"

A special issue of Biology (ISSN 2079-7737).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Ian Rogers
Guest Editor
Affiliation1: Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Department of Physiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S 1A8, Canada Affiliation 2: Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, ON M5G 1X5, Canada
Interests: Bone marrow transplantation and the role of trogocytosis in conferring host cell identity to the donor cell through the transfer of HLA class 1 proteins
Dr. Theresa Chow

Guest Editor
Affiliation1: Department of Department of Physiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S 1A8, Canada Affiliation 2: Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, ON M5G 1X5, Canada
Interests: Embryonic Stem Cells; induced Pluripotent Stem Cells; Kidney disease; organoids

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Trogocytosis, derived from the Greek word ‘trogo’ meaning to gnaw or nibble, is a form of cell–cell signaling that is rapid, requires cell–cell contact, and in which the proteins are transferred as a whole and in large quantities. It has been well studied in the immune system, especially in the role of T-cell receptor synapse formation and NK cell–target cell interaction, but it also has a role in the development of drug resistance in cancer cells and is responsible for relapse in patients of CAR T-cell therapy due to a trogocytosis-mediated decrease in antigen density. There is evidence that trogocytosis is mediated through lipid rafts that anchor proteins involved in cell signaling. It is hypothesized that the uncoupling of cells after receptor–ligand interaction results in the transfer of the protein pair, along with some membrane, to both the signaling cell and the effector cell, implying that trogocytosis is bidirectional. Although lipid rafts and trogocytosis are intimately linked, they arose as two independent areas of study. The two fields merged when lipid rafts were identified as a mechanism to explain trogocytosis and when cell signaling through lipid rafts, such as T-cell signaling, was discovered to cause trogocytosis.

In this Special Issue entitled “Trogocytosis in Disease and Therapy”, we invite the submission of original scientific reports, review articles, and commentary and perspective pieces on the broad topic of trogocytosis. We seek to cover the many and varied trogocytosis-mediated signaling pathways that have been characterized to date, including basic pathway dissection in model organisms and more translational studies involving human disease mechanisms. 

We trust this Special Issue will be a comprehensive collection of articles and an incredible resource for scientists both within the field of transplant biology, immune therapy, and for life science researchers in general.

Dr. Ian Rogers
Dr. Theresa Chow
Guest Editors

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  • trogocytosis
  • lipid rafts
  • cell signaling
  • cross-dressing
  • TCR
  • CAR T
  • HLA

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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