We previously identified an HLA-B8+ donor, NW, whose lymphoblastoid cells failed to present a B8-restricted epitope from the influenza A nucleoprotein following viral infection, although added peptide could still be presented. The failure to present through HLA-B8 following viral infection appears to be specific for the NP epitope. Here, we report that donor NW makes an HLA-B2702-restricted influenza-specific CTL response to an epitope in the nucleoprotein that overlaps the B8-restricted epit...Expand abstract
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Different MHC class I alleles compete for presentation of overlapping viral epitopes.
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