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The structure of the murine Fc receptor for IgG. Assignment of intrachain disulfide bonds, identification of N-linked glycosylation sites, and evidence for a fourth form of Fc receptor.

Hibbs ML, Classon BJ, Walker ID, McKenzie IF, Hogarth PM

  • Journal Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950)

  • Published 20 Feb 1988

  • Volume 140

  • ISSUE 2

  • Pagination 544-50


The Fc receptor (Fc gamma R) of the murine macrophage cell line, J774, was purified by immunoaffinity chromatography then subjected to sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and amino-terminal sequencing. FcR material judged to be pure by these criteria was digested with a number of enzymes to identify the cysteine residues engaged in disulfide bonds within the native structure. The results clearly establish that the mouse macrophage Fc gamma R contains two intrachain disulfide bonds, each of which connects adjacent cysteine residues within the two putative extracellular domains of the molecule. In addition, each disulfide-bonded domain was shown to contain two authentic sites of N-linked glycosylation. Extensive peptide sequencing resulted in the unexpected identification of peptide fragments from a fourth Fc gamma R whose sequences were highly homologous to sequences surrounding the two Cys residues in the amino-terminal domain of both alpha and beta 1 Fc gamma R. The fourth Fc gamma R contains a disulfide-bonded amino-terminal domain similar to beta 1 Fc gamma R.