Structure and Function of MHC Class I Molecules

  • H. G. Rammensee
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The immune system consists of various, rather heterogeneous components with a wide spectrum of complexities. Some of the components are rather simple devices, such as the barrier functions exerted by skin or by gastric fluid. Others are more sophisticated, as exemplified by the presence of lysozyme in secretory fluids, resulting in the selective destruction of bacterial cell walls. The complement cascade is among the more complex components of the immune system, whereas its adaptive parts, the T cell and B cell compartments with their accessories, are the most sophisticated of all.


Human Leukocyte Antigen Major Histocompatibility Gene Influenza Nucleoprotein Cellular Peptide Cytosolic Proteasomes 
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