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Cells of the innate and adaptive immune systems recognize

self and non-self in different ways


Cells of the innate immune system

• NK cells
• manocytes/macrophages
• dendritic cells
• granulocytes (eg neutrophils)

• a limited number of common microbial structures can be recognized: PAMPs


Cells of the adaptive immune system

• T cells
• B cells

• millions+ of antigens recognized


T cells recognize antigen using a

T cell receptor (TCR)


Antigen recognized by T cells

• linear (peptide) antigens recognized
• antigen represented by an antigen presenting cell (APC) - eg dendritic cell, macrophage, B cell
• very different to antigen recognition by B cells


In T cells, antigens are presented by

an antigen presenting cell
• display antigen on surface
• dendritic cell, macrophage, B cell


The APC presents antigen to the T cell using a

major histocompatability complex (MHC) molecue


The structure of the T cell receptor

• have 2 chains - α and β chains, or γ and δ
• variable region out further - has CDR1, CDR2, and CDR3
• constant region near membrane
• stalk segment (disulfide bond) followed by a transmembrane region, then a cytoplasmic tail



complementarity-determining regions
• highly variable, make contact with ligand


These structural elements allow the TCR to interact with

the major histocompatability complex
(MHC) + peptide
V domain:
• TCR binds to MHC (at CDR2)
• TCR binds to antigen (at CDR3)


The T cell receptor comes in 2 forms

• αβ T cell receptor: 90-99% of T cells
• γδ T cell receptor: 1-10% of T cells
• structurally similar; different antigen recognition properties


T cells first express the TCR

as they develop in the thymus


There are 2 major types of T cells

• CD4+ cells = helper T cells
• CD8+ cells = cytotoxic T cells


The T cell receptor complex includes various CD3 molecules

• αβ TCR binds antigen: MHC but cannot signal to the cell
• CD3 complex transmits signal
• CD3 components also required for cell surface expression of αβ chains
• sequence motifs called ITAMs essential for signalling



immunoreceptor tyrosine based activation motif



forms complex with T cell receptor
• signal - say which type of antigen
(T cell doesn't signal, not right cytoplasmic cell)
• CD3 enables T cell receptor to get to cell surface


The TCR complex signals

to the cell nucleus
• from CD3 to Lck and Fyn, to ZAP70
--> signal to nucleus
• Lck and Fyn phosphorylate ITAM motifs (ITAM activated) --> recruit ZAP70 (phosphorylated and activated) --> cascade of events
• activation of transcription factors, gene transcription, proliferation and differentiation


The generation of T cell receptors

• a gene for each each receptor?
-no - would require more genes than present in the entire genome
• there's only 4 genes: αβγδ
• instead, gene rearrangement by somatic DNA recombination
(like Ig gene rearrangements in B cells)


TCR gene rearrangement takes place in

the thymus
• each chain has genes for variable, joining, and constant regions
• the β also has genes for diversity regions


TCR recombination and the generation of diversity

1. D to J rearrangement
2. V to DJ rearrangement
3. transcription (mRNA)
4. mRNA splicing and translation (TCRβ protein)
• RAG = recombination activating genes encode recombination enzymes
• TCRβ rearranges first, then TCRα (several attempts possible)
• allelic exclusion operates


Somatic mutation

does not occur in T cells


Recombination of TCR genes

is random
• can generate receptors that recognize MHC + self peptide
• self reactive T cells must be removed or controlled
• junctional diversity
• thymus also makes self-reactive receptors



major histocompatability complex
• the major genetic region that determines compatability of tissues transplanted between individuals
• HLA (man): human leukocyte antigens
• H-2 (mosue)


There are 2 types of MHC

MHC class-I and MHC class-II

• both have peptide binding cleft


MHC-I presents antigen to

cytotoxic T cells (CD8+)


MHC-II presents antigen to

helper T cells (CD4+)


MHC-I chains

α2 α1
α3 β2* (microglobulin)


MHC-II chains

β1 α1
β2 α2


CD4+ helper T cells recognize

MHC-II + peptide on antigen-presenting cells


CD8+ cytotoxic T cells recognize

MHC-I + peptide on antigen-presenting cells


Peptide binding by MHC Class-I and MHC Class-II

• both have a peptide binding cleft or groove
• Class I: α2 and α1
• Class II: β1 and α1


Binding of peptide to MHC-I

closed off = shorter peptides


Binding of peptide to MHC-II

longer peptides because ends are open


Peptide binding to MHC molecules is promiscuous

an MHC molecule can bind many different (but not all) peptides
• therefore, we don't need a different MHC molecule for every possible peptide


Peptide binding to MHC molecules

• the fit between amino acid side chains in the peptide and pockets in the grove of the MHC molecule determine binding
(amino acid side chains fit into pocket - but not that specific)


MHC molecules with different peptides bind

distinct collections of peptides
• different pockets accommodate different repertoire


Peptide binding to MHC class I

• peptides 8-10 amino acids (short)
• bound at each end (peptide bound by H bond)
• additional anchor residues
• different MHC class I molecules
• peptides which bind to 2 different MHC class I molecules


Peptide binding to MHC class II

• peptides 13+ (-17) amino acids (longer)
• not bound at end
• interactions along peptide with pockets on MHC - anchors less defined
• common core, different lengths


Role of MHC-I

to sample intracellular antigen (within cell)
• recognition by CD8 T cells
peptides generated --> groove


Role of MHC-II

to sample extracellular antigen
• antigen taken up


2 properties of MHC genes maximize the repertoire of peptides that can be bound

MHC genes are
1. polygenic
2. polymorphic
• in the evolutionary battle with pathogens, these counteract the strong selective pressure in favor of pathogens that mutate to escape peptide binding to MHC


Polygenic MHC genes

individual has several different MHC-I and MHC-II molecules encoded by genes in the MHC

Phenotype influenced by more than 1 gene

• MHC-I and MHC-II each make 3 gene products
• tend to be inherited together as a halotype


Polymorphic MHC genes

there are multiple variants (alleles) of each gene in the population
• multiple alleles in the population means that most individuals are heterozygotes
• MHC genes are the most polymorphic genes known in the human genome
• estimated 4x10^19 different combinations of human MHC class I and class II genes


Polymorphism is a barrier to

organ transplantation
• different MHC molecules on the graft are recognized as foreign and tissue rejected due to immune response


The polygenic and polymorphic of MHC genes ensures

multiple different MHC molecules expressed, increasing the repertoire that can be presented


MHC restriction

co-recognition of both MHC and peptide
MHC restricts the ability of T cells to recognize antigen
• directly: TCR-MHC interactions
• indirectly: by effecting which peptides bind


T cell receptors recognize

a combination of antigen peptides


For most antigens, T cells must

provide "help" to B to cells in order for antibody production to occur
• involves recognition of the antigen by both B and T cells


T cell recognition

involves recognition of the antigen by both B and T cells
1. B cell binds virus
2. virus particle is internalized and degraded
3. peptides from internal proteins of the virus are presented to the T cell, which activates the B cell
• helper T cell armed by prior stimulation by Ag on DC
• re-encounters same Ag/MHC on B cell
• T cell cytokines and surface molecules aid B cell activation and differentiation
• linked recognition


T cells recognize antigen using the

T cell receptor (TCR)


In each T cell, the TCR consists of

2 chains
• αβ or γδ
which are generated in the thymus by chromosomal recombination (--> diversity)
[Somatic DNA recombination]


The TCR complex recognizes

a combination of antigen + MHC displayed on antigen presenting cells - MHC restriction


TCR stimulation by the appropriate

MHC + antigen signal
activates signalling pathways that induce gene expression in the cell nucleus
• engage with correct peptide --> cascade of events to behave differently


MHC-I presents antigen to

CD8+ cytotoxic T cells


MHC-II presents antigen to

CD4+ helper T cells


MHC-I presents

intracellular cytosolic antigen


MHC-II presents

extracellular antigen


MHC binds antigen in a

peptide binding groove
• this groove allows many different peptides to bind


The MHC is

polygenic and polymorphic, allowing a broad range of antigens to be presented for T cell recognition