Superantigenic staphylococcal exotoxins induce T-cell proliferation in the presence of Langerhans cells or class II-bearing keratinocytes and stimulate keratinocytes to produce T-cell-activating cytokines.


Several staphylococcal toxins are among a growing number of immunostimulatory molecules called "superantigens" because of their ability, when presented by appropriate major histocompatibility complex class II+ accessory cells, to activate essentially all T cells bearing particular T-cell receptor V beta gene segments. We have examined the ability of murine… (More)


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