viral activation of T-lymphocytes

Philip Fung phfungSPAMIS at
Sun Nov 7 17:52:40 EST 1999

Might be. I'm just regurgitating what read in my book and what I was
told in class.  :-)

Tammy Ferguson wrote:

> I think that only bacteria produce proteins that can act as superantigens, toxic
> shock toxin from Staph. aureus for example.  At least I have never heard of any
> from viruses.
> >
> > One side note, there are also certain superantigens (certain proteins produced
> > by
> > certain viruses and bacteria) which serve to activate T-cells w/o an antigenic
> > peptide in Class II MHCs, but that's something else... But a virus can cause
> > T-cell activation by that route.
> >

Philip Fung
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