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Cytotoxic T-Cell Activity Against Target Cells (Quiz 2)

Why do target cells trigger their own destruction? One of the functions of T-cells in the immune system is to attack and destroy infected cells. Target cells are cells that have been attacked by a virus. The target cells present molecular information on their membranes that allow the cytotoxic T cells to identify and destroy them. Target cells have been taken over by a virus and do not have a good chance of surviving for long in any event. By triggering their own death they are reducing the chance that other cells nearby will become infected.

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1Cytotoxic T-cells attack
C)cells that display foreign proteins on their surface.
D)cells that display normal proteins on their surface.
E)both A and B

2Cytotoxic T-cells produce _______ which creates holes in the cell membranes of target cells.

3Cytotoxic T-cells interact with target cells by recognizing
A)foreign proteins only.
B)MHC proteins only.
C)foreign protein-MHC protein complexes.
D)either foreign proteins or MHC proteins.
E)neither foreign proteins nor MHC proteins.

4Cytotoxic T-cells interact with Class II major histocompatibility complex (MHC) proteins.

5When a virus infects a cell, some of the viral proteins are broken down into peptide fragments.

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