Specialized role for a murine class I-b MHC molecule in prokaryotic host defenses

Academic Article


  • Although nonclassical (class I-b) gene products represent the majority of murine major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genes, the role of these relatively nonpolymorphic molecules remains uncertain. Recently, one such protein, H-2M3 (formerly designated Hmt), was shown to bind and specifically present N-formylated peptides to cytotoxic T lymphocytes. Because N-formylation is characteristic of prokaryotic proteins, this MHC molecule may be especially adapted for a role in the mammalian defense against bacterial attack. The current studies demonstrate that an MHC molecule, indistinguishable from H-2M3, presents antigens derived from the intracellular pathogen Listeria monocytogenes to Listeria-specific CD8+ cells.
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  • Science  Journal
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    Author List

  • Kurlander RJ; Shawar SM; Brown ML; Rich RR
  • Start Page

  • 678
  • End Page

  • 679
  • Volume

  • 257
  • Issue

  • 5070