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Variation in epitopes of infectious pathogens inhibits various effector functions of T lymphocytes through antagonism of the T-cell receptor. However, a more powerful strategy for immune evasion would be to prevent the induction of T-cell responses. We report here mutual 'interference' with the priming of human T-cell responses by a pair of naturally occurring variants of a malaria cytotoxic T-cell epitope. Interference with priming also occurs in vivo for a murine malaria T-cell epitope. Reshaping of the T-cell repertoire by such immune interference during naive T-cell induction may provide a general mechanism for observed patterns of immunodominance and persistence by many polymorphic pathogens.

Original publication




Journal article


Nat Med

Publication Date





565 - 571


Antigen Presentation, Antigenic Variation, Antigens, Protozoan, Epitopes, Humans, Ligands, Lymphocyte Activation, Malaria, Falciparum, Peptide Fragments, Protozoan Proteins, Receptors, Antigen, T-Cell, T-Lymphocytes, T-Lymphocytes, Cytotoxic