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Specificity of the murine IgD receptor on T cells is for N-linked glycans on IgD molecules.

IgD receptors on murine T cells have been reported in this issue [Tamma, S. M. L., Amin, A. R., Finkelman, F. D., Chen, Y.-W., Thorbecke, G. J. & Coico, R. F. (1991) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 88, 9233-9237] to bind either the first or third constant region of the heavy-chain of IgD molecules--findings that could not be satisfactorily explained by IgD amino acid sequences. We now find that boiled IgD molecules or low-Mr fragments from protease-digested IgD still inhibit binding of IgD-coated erythrocytes to IgD receptors. This inhibitory activity can be absorbed with the murine IgD-binding lectin from Griffonia simplicifolia 1 (GS-1) immobilized on Sepharose. N-linked glycans, obtained from N-glycanase-treated IgD and purified by binding to GS-1-Sepharose, also inhibit rosette formation of T-helper cells bearing receptors for IgD with IgD- or mutant IgD-coated erythrocytes. Deglycosylated IgD, produced by treatment with N-glycanase, no longer binds to the lectin and fails to inhibit IgD rosetting. Binding of intact IgD to T cells is also competitively inhibited by N-acetylgalactosamine, galactose, N-acetylglucosamine, and neoglycoproteins containing these sugars. These results clearly show that N-linked glycans, present in both the first and third constant regions of the delta heavy-chain domains, are prerequisites for binding of IgD to IgD receptors.[1]


  1. Specificity of the murine IgD receptor on T cells is for N-linked glycans on IgD molecules. Amin, A.R., Tamma, S.M., Oppenheim, J.D., Finkelman, F.D., Kieda, C., Coico, R.F., Thorbecke, G.J. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. (1991) [Pubmed]
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