Distinct epitopes on the T8 molecule are differentially involved in cytotoxic T cell function
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AbstractThe present report attempts to determine if there are distinct epitopes on the T8 molecule that are involved in class I-restricted cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) function. A panel of 9 monoclonal antibodies (OKT8A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I, and OKT5) was produced and all antibodies were shown to bind to the T8 molecule. This panel of antibodies was employed to characterize the distribution of distinct epitopes on the T8 molecule and to block the activity of class I-specific influenza virus-immune and allo-immune CTL effector function. Significant differences in the ability of the anti-T8 antibodies to block CTL function were observed: OKT8C and T8F blocked best (49 and 55% respectively); OKT8A,E,G,H,I, and OKT5 blocked less well (24–31%); and OKT8B blocked marginally (11%). There was no correlation between the capacity of the antibodies to block CTL function and their heavy chain isotype. Competitive binding of the different OKT8 antibodies to the cell surface and differential trypsin sensitivity of the epitopes recognized by the antibodies indicated that OKT8C and T8F were located on topographically distinct regions of the T8 molecule. These results indicate that specific epitopes on the T8 molecule are involved in CTL function, and that there could be more than one functional site on the molecule.

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