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Associations Between Class I MHC Antigens and Viral Glycoproteins Detected by Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer

  • Jerome H. Hochman
  • Michael Edidin
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 144)


Cytotoxic T lymphocytes, CTL, recognize viral antigens of infected cells in the context of the cells’ class I MHC antigens (Zinkernagel and Doherty, 1979). The basis of this MHC restriction is not defined. The weight of the evidence favors recognition of some complex of all or part of viral antigen with the class I antigen. The route of formation of this complex and its stability are still unclear. In some instances, influenza virus infection (Townsend et al., 1984; Yewdell et al., 1985) and SV40 transformation (Gooding and O’Connell, 1983) it is evident that the CTL are primarily directed against internal viral proteins, the nucleocapsid protein of the influenza virus or the T antigen of SV40. This, together with the demonstration that peptides derived from these proteins (Townsend, et al., 1986) can sensitise target cells, strongly implies that these antigens are partly digested, and associated with class I MHC antigens before appearing at the cell surface. Such a mechanism of association parallels that mechanism for the formation of nominal antigen/class II MHC antigen complexes for presentation to helper T cells (Buus et al., 1987; Unanue and Allen, 1987) and unifies our view of antigen presentation to T cells. However, the generality of this scheme is still not clear. Some virus antigens, even the influenza virus nucleocapsid, can be presented to cells under conditions in which processing is blocked (Wraith and Vessey, 1986), suggesting that they associate with class I antigens without internalization and processing.


Influenza Virus Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer Viral Antigen Influenza Virus Infection Nucleocapsid Protein 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jerome H. Hochman
    • 1
  • Michael Edidin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyThe Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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