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Int Rev Immunol. 1991;7(2):139-47.

Chemical and functional analysis of MHC class II-restricted T cell epitopes.

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Institute of Biochemistry, University of Lausanne, Epalinges, Switzerland.


Various aspects of antigen degradation and presentation are reviewed, in particular with respect to fragmentation of native vs. denatured proteins, different enzymatic machinery present in different cells and individuals, characterization of epitopes and their persistence on antigen-presenting cells as well as their capacity to interact with different MHC class II molecules. Finally, the structure of antigenic peptides is discussed.

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