Superantigen recognition by γδ T cells: SEA recognition site for human Vγ2 T cell receptors

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  • Human γδ T cells expressing the Vγ2Vδ2 antigen receptors recognize nonpeptide prenyl pyrophosphate and alkylamine antigens. We find that they also recognize staphylococcal enterotoxin A superantigens in a manner distinct from the recognition of nonpeptide antigens. Using chimeric and mutant toxins, SEA amino acid residues 20-27 were shown to be required for γδ TCR recognition of SEA. Residues at 200-207 that are critical for specific αβ TCR recognition of SEA do not affect γδ TCR recognition. SEA residues 20-27 are located in an area contiguous with the binding site of V β chains. This study defines a superantigen recognition site for a γδ T cell receptor and demonstrates the differences between Vγ2Vδ2+ T cell recognition of superantigens and nonpeptide antigens.
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  • Immunity  Journal
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    Author List

  • Morita CT; Li H; Lamphear JG; Rich RR; Fraser JD; Mariuzza RA; Lee HK
  • Start Page

  • 331
  • End Page

  • 344
  • Volume

  • 14
  • Issue

  • 3