Essential flexibility in the T-cell recognition of antigen

Gilbert J. Kersh, Paul M. Allen

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αβ T cells specifically recognize a ligand composed of a peptide bound to a self-major-histocompatibility-complex molecule, but the recognition of slightly altered ligands by T cells can lead to a partial activation. This flexibility is crucial for T-cell development and can have both beneficial and harmful effects on peripheral T cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-498
Number of pages4
Issue number6574
StatePublished - Apr 11 1996


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