Journal article

Molecular mechanisms for the assembly of the T cell receptor-CD3 complex

ME Call, KW Wucherpfennig

MOLECULAR IMMUNOLOGY | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2004

Abstract

The T cell receptor (TCR)-CD3 complex represents on of the most intricate membrane receptor structures since it is built from six distinct chains. This complexity led to a number of different proposals for the arrangement of the receptor subunits, its stoichiometry and the mechanisms responsible for receptor triggering. Early work had demonstrated that basic and acidic transmembrane (TM) residues were involved in the assembly but the molecular arrangement could not be deduced due to the complexity of the receptor. Using a novel method for the isolation of intact radiolabeled protein complexes, we demonstrated that the complex assembled in the ER contains only a single TCRalphabeta heterodime..

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