In a peptide with a T cell-presented epitope (T site), a folded structure with a hydrophobic surface, 'the scavenger (S) site', may regulate transfer to major histocompatibility complex class II molecules. Three procedures which were proposed to identify T sites selected for amphipathic helical patterns but not T sites. In testing whether S sites lay in or near T sites, we found their linkage was not greater than that generated by a model in which segments of equal length and number to the S and T sites for each protein were distributed at random. This study establishes criteria for evaluation of schemes to predict functional motifs in antigenic proteins.
- T cell-presented site
- scavenger site
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Medicine
- Immunology and Microbiology(all)
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Infectious Diseases