Journal article

Atypical TRAV1-2(-) T cell receptor recognition of the antigen-presenting molecule MR1

Wael Awad, Erin W Meermeier, Maria L Sandoval-Romero, Jerome Le Nours, Aneta H Worley, Megan D Null, Ligong Liu, James McCluskey, David P Fairlie, David M Lewinsohn, Jamie Rossjohn

Journal of Biological Chemistry | AMER SOC BIOCHEMISTRY MOLECULAR BIOLOGY INC | Published : 2020


MR1 presents vitamin B-related metabolites to mucosal associated invariant T (MAIT) cells, which are characterized, in part, by the TRAV1-2+ αβ T cell receptor (TCR). In addition, a more diverse TRAV1-2- MR1-restricted T cell repertoire exists that can possess altered specificity for MR1 antigens. However, the molecular basis of how such TRAV1-2- TCRs interact with MR1-antigen complexes remains unclear. Here, we describe how a TRAV12-2+ TCR (termed D462-E4) recognizes an MR1-antigen complex. We report the crystal structures of the unliganded D462-E4 TCR and its complex with MR1 presenting the riboflavin-based antigen 5-OP-RU. Here, the TRBV29-1 β-chain of the D462-E4 TCR binds over the F'-po..

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