Do nonclassical, class Ib MHC molecules present bacterial antigens to T cells?


Immune responses to bacterial antigens that appear unrestricted by the MHC may involve oligomorphic MHC class Ib molecules. One example is H-2M3, which binds N-formylated peptides and presents a Listeria peptide to cytotoxic T cells from infected mice. Lack of polymorphism makes these molecules a promising target for peptide vaccines. 


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