Journal article

Tracking phenotypically and functionally distinct T cell subsets via T cell repertoire diversity

Katherine Kedzierska, Nicole L La Gruta, John Stambas, Stephen J Turner, Peter C Doherty

MOLECULAR IMMUNOLOGY | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

Antigen-specific T cell receptors (TCRs) recognise complexes of immunogenic peptides (p) and major histocompatibility complex (MHC) glycoproteins. Responding T cell populations show profiles of preferred usage (or bias) toward one or few TCRbeta chains. Such skewing is also observed, though less commonly, in TCRalpha chain usage. The extent and character of clonal diversity within individual, antigen-specific T cell sets can be established by sequence analysis of the TCRVbeta and/or TCRValpha CDR3 loops. The present review provides examples of such TCR repertoires in prominent responses to acute and persistent viruses. The determining role of structural constraints and antigen dose is discus..

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