Immunoreceptor tyrosine-based inhibitory motif

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An immunoreceptor tyrosine-based inhibition motif (ITIM), is a conserved sequence of amino acids (S/I/V/LxYxxI/V/L) that is found in the cytoplasmic tails of many inhibitory receptors of the immune system. After ITIM-possessing inhibitory receptors interact with their ligand, their ITIM motif becomes phosphorylated by enzymes of the Src family of kinases, allowing them to recruite other enzymes such as the phosphotyrosine phosphatases SHP-1 and SHP-2, or the inositol-phosphatase called SHIP. These phosphatases decrease the activation of molecules involved in cell signaling.[1]


  1. Barrow A, Trowsdale J (2006). "You say ITAM and I say ITIM, let's call the whole thing off: the ambiguity of immunoreceptor signalling". Eur J Immunol. 36 (7): 1646–53. PMID 16783855.

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