Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 9839557
Mol. Immunol. 1998 Sep;35(13):885-93
HLA-DO is a non-classical MHC class II molecule presumed to play a specialized role in the antigen processing pathway. We have modeled the HLA-DO beta-chain and found its overall structure compatible with the one of DR beta. Functional studies further highlighted the similarity between these beta-chains of the class II family of proteins. Indeed, a mixed heterodimer composed of the DR alpha and a chimeric DO beta-chains presented bacterial superantigens to T cells and was shown to interact with CD4. The implications of such structural conservation for the in vivo functions of HLA-DO are discussed.