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Figure 7-3 In this diagram the antigen is depicted in a cleft of the HLA DR molecule on an APC, being recognized by the T cell TCR. “Adhesive” peptide segments may augment close contact. A CD4 molecule is associated with the TCR. Presumably the APC surface is normally covered with many DR molecules, each studded with an antigen. T cells must somehow scan these complexes in order to find the one that best fits their TCR.