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Eur J Immunol. 1994 Jun;24(6):1404-9.

Preformed purified peptide/major histocompatibility class I complexes are potent stimulators of class I-restricted T cell hybridomas.

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Institute of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Copenhangen, Denmark.


A panel of antigen-specific, major histocompatibility complex class I-restricted T cell hybridomas has been generated to examine the capacity of peptide/class I complexes to stimulate T cells at the molecular level. Peptide/class I complexes were generated in detergent solution, purified and quantitated. Latex particles were subsequently coated with known amounts of preformed complexes and used to stimulate the T cell hybridomas. Stimulation was specific, i.e. only the appropriate peptide/class I combination were stimulatory, and quite sensitive, i.e. as little as 300 complexes per bead could be detected by the T cells. Preformed complexes were about 500,000 times more potent than free peptide in terms of T cell stimulation, demonstrating the physiological relevancy of the biochemically generated complexes. Surprisingly, the majority (including the most sensitive of the hybridomas) had lost CD8 expression, suggesting that antigen-specific stimulation of class I-restricted T cell hybridomas, as assessed by IL-2 release, does not depend on CD8.

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