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Nature. 1992 Apr 30;356(6372):796-8.

MHC class II interaction with CD4 mediated by a region analogous to the MHC class I binding site for CD8.

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Lymphocyte Biology Section, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland 20892.


Interactions between major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecules and the CD4 or CD8 coreceptors have a major role in intrathymic T-cell selection. On mature T cells, each of these two glycoproteins is associated with a class-specific bias in MHC molecule recognition by the T-cell receptor. CD4+ T cells respond to antigen in association with MHC class II molecules and CD8+ T cells respond to antigen in association with MHC class I molecules. Physical interaction between the CD4/MHC class II molecules and CD8/MHC class I molecules has been demonstrated by cell adhesion assay, and a binding site for CD8 on class I has been identified. Here we demonstrate that a region of the MHC class II beta-chain beta 2 domain, structurally analogous to the CD8-binding loop in the MHC class I alpha 3 domain, is critical for function with both mouse and human CD4.

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