Differences in MHC-B diversity and KIR epitopes in two populations of wild chimpanzees

Vincent Maibach, Kevin Langergraber, Fabian H. Leendertz, Roman M. Wittig & Linda Vigilant
The major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I genes play a critical role within the immune system, both by the presentation of antigens from intracellular pathogens to immunocompetent cells and by the interaction with killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIR) on natural killer cells (NK cells). Genes of the MHC are highly diverse, and MHC variation can have effects on the immune functionality of individuals; hence, comparisons of MHC diversity among closely related phylogenetic taxa may give...
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