Journal article

Major histocompatibility complex class I-restricted cross-presentation is biased towards high dose antigens and those released during cellular destruction

C Kurts, JFAP Miller, RM Subramaniam, FR Carbone, WR Heath

Journal of Experimental Medicine | ROCKEFELLER UNIV PRESS | Published : 1998


Naive T cells recirculate mainly within the secondary lymphoid compartment, but once activated they can enter peripheral tissues and perform effector functions. To activate naive T cells, foreign antigens must traffic from the site of infection to the draining lymph nodes, where they can be presented by professional antigen presenting cells. For major histocompatibility complex class I-restricted presentation to CD8+ T cells, this can occur via the cross-presentation pathway. Here, we investigated the conditions allowing antigen access to this pathway. We show that the level of antigen expressed by peripheral tissues must be relatively high to facilitate cross-presentation to naive CD8+ T ce..

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