Evidence that the antigen receptors of cytotoxic T lymphocytes interact with a common recognition pattern on the H-2Kb molecule

Immunity. 1995 Nov;3(5):573-82. doi: 10.1016/1074-7613(95)90128-0.


Recognition of class I MHC antigens involves interaction between TCRs of cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) and the two alpha helices of MHC molecules. Using a combined panel of H-2Kb mutants selected by either a CTL clone or MAbs, we have shown evidence that the TCRs of 59 Kb-specific CTL clones shared a common binding pattern on the H-2Kb molecule. Mutations of amino acid residues at the C-terminal regions, but not the N-terminal regions, of the alpha helices abrogated the recognition by the majority of the clones. The data suggests that TCRs predominantly recognize the class I MHC molecule with an orientation that is parallel to the beta-pleated strands and diagonal to the alpha helices.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Line, Transformed
  • Cytotoxicity Tests, Immunologic
  • H-2 Antigens / chemistry*
  • H-2 Antigens / genetics
  • H-2 Antigens / metabolism*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Mutation / genetics
  • Receptors, Antigen, T-Cell / immunology*
  • Receptors, Antigen, T-Cell / metabolism*
  • T-Lymphocytes, Cytotoxic / immunology
  • T-Lymphocytes, Cytotoxic / metabolism*


  • H-2 Antigens
  • H-2Kb protein, mouse
  • Receptors, Antigen, T-Cell