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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.

M L Hibbs, B J Classon, I D Walker, I F McKenzie, P M Hogarth
Department of Pathology, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia.


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.


  • Journal: Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950)
  • Published: 15/01/1988
  • Volume: 140
  • Issue: 2
  • Pagination: 544-550