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T cells recognize what?

Peptides derived from self or foreign antigens only when bound to self Major Histocompatibility molecules (MHC)


CD4 T cells recognize what MHC molecule?

MHC Class II, B2 domain


CD8 T cells recognize what MHC molecule?

MHC class I, alpha3 domain


Where does T cell development take place?



Where do TCR gene rearrangements and T cell maturation take place?



Migration pattern of T cells

Precursors travel from the bone marrow to develop in the thymus. Mature T cells leave the thymus and travel to secondary lymphoid tissues.



T cell precursors derived from fetal liver and bone marrow


Site of prothymocyte entry into the thymus

Cortico-medullary junction via blood vessels


Sphingosine-1-phosphate receptors

Control the migration process of thymocytes


Surface markers for an uncommitted progenitor cell

CD34 (stem cell surface marker), CD44 (adhesion)


Surface markers for a double negative (CD4/CD8) thymocyte committed to the T cell lineage

CD2 (adhesion and signaling), CD5 (adhesion and signaling), IL-7 receptor (cytokine receptor), CD1A (MHC class I like receptor)

TCR genes are beginning the rearrange


TCR gene rearrangements

Gamma & delta chains rearrange and form receptor.

B chain gene rearranges and pre-T cell assembles. Expression of CD4 and CD8 are induced.


Steps to alpha chain rearrangement of TCR

Two chances for a successful B chain, if obtained then the alpha chain can attempt to rearrange many times until a functional rearrangement is produced. Then the alpha mRNA can be transcribed.

Rearrangement of alpha chain gene always eliminates the linked delta chain locus.


Early T cell development summary

Progenitor cells proliferate to double-negative T cells, double negative T cells commit to T lineage, B genes rearrange, immature double positive cells rearrange alpha genes, then mature double positive cells


Positive selection of alpha:Beta T cells

-Cortical epithelial cells in the thymus
-If weak or no binding to MHC the thymocyte dies
-If binding is moderate the thymocyte lives
-CD4/CD8 lineage determined by whether binding is with MHC class 1 or 2


Negative selection of thymocytes

-If the thymocyte binds MHC too tightly it will die


Ligands for positive and negative selection

Self peptide/MHC complexes expressed on stromal and hematopoietic cells


AIRE transcription factor

Regulates the expression of some tissue specific antigens in medullary epithelial cells in the thymus (important in negative and positive selection--exposes thymocytes to peripheral tissue specific antigens without leaving the thymus)


Avidity model of T cell selection

Depends on the affinity of the TCR-peptide/MHC interaction and the density of the peptide/MHC on the thymic epithelial cell. Determines the total strength of the signal delivered which dictates the outcome. Mechanism by which we get moderately binding thymocytes to MHC.


Cell that mediates negative selection of thymocytes

Medullary epithelial cell/dendritic cell


Regulatory T cells

Suppress autoreactive T cells by interacting with the same APC