Mutational analysis of two DR alpha residues involved in dimers of HLA-DR molecules.

Crystallographic analysis of HLA-DR1 molecules reveals a "dimer of dimers" with two reciprocal salt bridges between Glu 88 and Lys 111 of the two DR alpha chains. To determine whether these amino acids are critical for Ag presentation, we generated a panel of human B cell transfectants expressing DR alpha chains with mutations at residues 88, 111, or both… (More)