Janko Nikolić-Z̆ugić

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In tumor transplantation models in mice, cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) are typically the primary effector cells. CTLs recognize major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I-associated peptides expressed by tumors, leading to tumor rejection. Peptides presented by cancer cells can originate from viral proteins, normal self-proteins regulated during(More)
Fas-deficient lpr and gld mice develop lymphadenopathy due to the accumulation of T cells with an unusual double negative (DN) (CD4-CD8-) phenotype. Previous studies have shown that these abnormal cells are capable of inducing redirected lysis of certain Fc receptor-positive target cells. Since the Fas ligand (FasL) has recently been shown to be partly(More)
We have previously isolated, and characterized in vitro, two subsets of CD4hi T cell receptor (TCR)hi single positive (SP) thymocytes: CD8- and CD8lo. In this report, we have analyzed phenotypic, functional, and developmental characteristics of these "late" CD4hi SP thymocyte subsets. The TCRhi phenotype and the elimination of T cells expressing TCR V beta(More)
The majority ( approximately 70%) of postselection CD4(+) single-positive (SP) thymocytes are CD8(lo)CD4(hi). These cells express very low levels of CD8, undetectable by flow cytofluorimetric (FCM) analysis, but sufficiently high to allow purification by panning. Unlike the fully mature CD8(-)CD4(hi) thymocytes, which account for the remaining approximately(More)
We investigated mechanistic differences in antigen presentation between murine MHC class I variants H-2K(b) and H-2K(bm)8. H-2K(bm)8 differs from H-2K(b) by four residues at the floor of the peptide-binding site, affecting its B pocket which interacts with the second (P2) residue of the peptide. The rest of the molecule, including the T cell receptor(More)
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