Overview of MHC Class I Antigens

  • Natalia Aptsiauri
  • Angel Miguel Garcia-Lora
  • Teresa Cabrera
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Cancer Research book series (BRIEFSCANCER, volume 6)


Cancer development is the result of an accumulation of genetic alterations. Activation or inactivation of certain genes (proto-oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes) is required for cell transformation. As a result of these genetic alterations, tumor cells produce new or modified proteins that are processed by the cell, generating small peptides that enter the route of Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) class I for presentation to T cells. Cytotoxic and helper T lymphocytes recognize antigenic peptides processed and presented by MHC class I and II molecules, respectively. Therefore, T cells have the ability to monitor any genetic alteration, including those associated with malignant transformation.


Major Histocompatibility Complex Natural Killer Cell Major Histocompatibility Complex Class Major Histocompatibility Complex Molecule Human Leucocyte Antigen 
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© Maria Teresa Cabrera Castillo 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Natalia Aptsiauri
    • 1
  • Angel Miguel Garcia-Lora
    • 1
  • Teresa Cabrera
    • 2
  1. 1.Servicio de Análisis ClínicosHosp. Universitario Virgen de las NievesGranadaSpain
  2. 2.Departamento de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular III e InmunologíaUniversidad de GranadaGranadaSpain

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