viral activation of T-lymphocytes

Ian A. York iayork at
Fri Nov 5 07:17:15 EST 1999

In article <7vub1d$bm2$1 at>,
Morten Lindow <lindow at> wrote:
>The question is: What happens if a virus doesn't infect APCs? Say it is
>specific for epithelial cells.  How does viral peptides  then end up on
>class I molecules on APCs?  I figure that APCs could phagocytise free viral
>particles, but wouldn't that result in presentation on class II MHCs?

An excellent question, actually.  The answer is not particularly
intuitive, and certainly won't be in your textbook, because it was just
published earlier this year:

Nature 1999 Mar 4;398(6722):77-80 
Cytotoxic T-cell immunity to virus-infected non-haematopoietic cells
requires presentation of exogenous antigen.
Sigal LJ, Crotty S, Andino R, Rock KL

The short explanation is that APC can phagocytose particulate antigen and
present it on MHC class I.  The molecular details of this aren't clear,
but the observation is.

    Ian York   (iayork at  <>
    "-but as he was a York, I am rather inclined to suppose him a
     very respectable Man." -Jane Austen, The History of England

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