Peter Egede Jensen

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Natural killer (NK) cells preferentially lyse targets that express reduced levels of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I proteins. To date, the only known mouse NK receptors for MHC class I belong to the Ly49 family of C-type lectin homodimers. Here, we report the cloning of mouse NKG2A, and demonstrate it forms an additional and distinct class I(More)
The ability of human CD1b molecules to present nonpeptide antigens is suggested by the T cell recognition of microbial lipids and lipoglycans in the presence of CD1b-expressing antigen-presenting cells. We demonstrate the high-affinity interaction of CD1b molecules with the acyl side chains of known T cell antigens, lipoarabinomannan, phosphatidylinositol(More)
Human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-DM is a critical participant in antigen presentation that catalyzes the release of class II-associated invariant chain-derived peptides (CLIP) from newly synthesized class II histocompatibility molecules, freeing the peptide-binding site for acquisition of antigenic peptides. The mechanism for the selective release of CLIP but(More)
The MHC class Ib molecule HLA-E is the primary ligand for CD94/NKG2A-inhibitory receptors expressed on NK cells, and there is also evidence for TCR-mediated recognition of this molecule. HLA-E preferentially assembles with a homologous set of peptides derived from the leader sequence of class Ia molecules, but its capacity to bind and present other peptides(More)
The OVA323-339 epitope recognized by DO11.10 (H-2d) and OT-II (H-2b) T cells was investigated using amino- and carboxy-terminal truncations to locate the approximate ends of the epitopes and single amino acid substitutions of OVA323-339 to identify critical TCR contact residues of the OVA323-339 peptide. DO11.10 and OT-II T cells are both specific for a(More)
HLA-DO/H2-O is a highly conserved, nonpolymorphic MHC class II-like molecule expressed in association with H2-M in thymic epithelial cells, B lymphocytes, and primary dendritic cells. The physiological function of DO remains unknown. The finding of cell maturation-dependent DO expression in B lymphocytes and dendritic cells suggests the possibility that(More)
Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II molecules bind antigenic peptides rapidly after biosynthesis in antigen-presenting cells (APCs). By contrast, the rate of peptide binding to purified class II molecules is remarkably slow. We find that purified HLA-DR molecules bind peptides rapidly in the presence but not the absence of HLA-DM, a recently(More)
The phenotype and development of T cells from transgenic mice expressing a T cell receptor with specificity for insulin presented by the MHC class Ib molecule Qa-1(b) was investigated. Peripheral T cells from the transgenic mice express CD8 and, after activation, kill Qa-1(b)-positive lymphoid target cells in the presence of soluble insulin. Thymic(More)
Despite the unequivocal role of B lymphocytes as effecter cells in humoral immunity, studies have reported that B cells are tolerogenic. The impact of B cell-mediated tolerance and its underlying mechanisms are incompletely understood. Using primary B cells as APCs and allogeneic CD4 T cells as responder cells in mixed leukocyte reactions, we find that B(More)