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Puech P.-H.,Laboratoire Adhesion et Inflammation LAI | Puech P.-H.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | Puech P.-H.,French National Center for Scientific Research | Puech P.-H.,Aix - Marseille University | And 19 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2011

The rupture forces and adhesion frequencies of single recognition complexes between an affinity selected peptide/MHC complex and a TCR at a murine hybridoma surface were measured using Atomic Force Microscopy. When the CD8 coreceptor is absent, the adhesion frequency depends on the nature of the peptide but the rupture force does not. When CD8 is present, no effect of the nature of the peptide is observed. CD8 is proposed to act as a time and distance lock, enabling the shorter TCR molecule to bridge the pMHC and have time to finely read the peptide. Ultimately, such experiments could help the dissection of the sequential steps by which the TCR reads the peptide/MHC complex in order to control T cell activation. © 2011 Puech et al.

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