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The why and how of thymocyte negative selection

Siggs, Owen; Makaroff, Lydia; Liston, Adrian


The generation of T cell receptor (TCR) sequence diversity is the strength of adaptive immunity, yet is also the Achilles' heel. To purge highly self-reactive T cells from the immune system, generation of diversity has coevolved with a mechanism of negative selection. Recent studies have revealed new insights addressing the why and how of negative selection by examining situations in which negative selection has failed in human and animals models of autoimmunity. Both thymocyte extrinsic and...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Current Opinion in Immunology
DOI: 10.1016/j.coi.2006.01.001


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