The immune system is comprised of various immune cell populations that utilize a spectrum of immunoreceptors characterized by different levels of specificity, diversity, and prevalence within a host and across a population. These range from the universal receptors employed by both innate cells and innate-like cells, such as NKT and MAIT cells, through to receptors expressed on T cells with sporadic incidence. Here we review recent advances in understanding the molecular mechanisms that drive the observed spectra of T cell receptors in vivo.
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