Origin, structure and motifs of naturally processed MHC class II ligands

Curr Opin Immunol. 1994 Feb;6(1):45-51. doi: 10.1016/0952-7915(94)90032-9.


In the past few years a considerable number of naturally processed MHC class II ligands have been identified and sequenced. Most of them derive from endogenous sources, predominantly from plasma membrane proteins. Generally, they display variability in length but exhibit characteristic patterns of invariant amino acid positions, which reflect the allele-specific binding requirements. As a general feature, class II ligands also often contain a pattern of proline residues interpreted as a 'processing motif'.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Binding Sites
  • Biological Evolution
  • Epitopes / immunology
  • Histocompatibility Antigens Class II / genetics
  • Histocompatibility Antigens Class II / immunology*
  • Humans
  • Ligands
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Peptides / chemistry*
  • Peptides / immunology*


  • Epitopes
  • Histocompatibility Antigens Class II
  • Ligands
  • Peptides