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Superantigens

Immunology

Acquired Immunity

  1. Bernhard Fleischer

Published Online: 15 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470688618.taw0110

Topley and Wilson's Microbiology and Microbial Infections

Topley and Wilson's Microbiology and Microbial Infections

How to Cite

Fleischer, B. 2010. Superantigens. Topley and Wilson's Microbiology and Microbial Infections. .

Author Information

  1. University Hospital Eppendorf, Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine and Institute for Immunology, Hamburg, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2010

Abstract

  • 1
    Introduction
  • 2
    Pyrogenic Exotoxins of Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes
  • 3
    Mycoplasma arthritidis Superantigen
  • 4
    Yersinia pseudotuberculosis Mitogen
  • 5
    Mouse Mammary Tumor Viruses
  • 6
    Human Endogenous Retroviruses
  • 7
    More Superantigens?
  • 8
    Conclusion

Keywords:

  • superantigens;
  • pyrogenic exotoxins of Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes;
  • Mycoplasma arthritidis superantigen;
  • antigen recognition by T lymphocytes-most sensitive assays in biology;
  • molecular mechanism of action-binding to MHC class II molecules;
  • role of pyrogenic exotoxins as virulence factors;
  • human endogenous retroviruses;
  • M proteins of S. pyogenes-major virulence factors of group A streptococci