We examined the effect of mutations in the Vβ portion of a pigeon cytochrome c (cyto c)-specific Vβ3+/Vα11+ T cell receptor on its ability to recognize cyto c/IEk and various superantigens. The results were consistent with an immunoglobulin-like structure for the receptor Vβ domain and with separate interaction sites on Vβ for conventional antigen and superantigens. An amino acid predicted to lie in CDR1 was critical for cyto c/IEk but not superantigen recognition, while several amino acids predicted to lie in the hypervariable region 4 loop were critical for superantigen but not cyto c/IEk recognition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-125
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Experimental Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993


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