Thermal Induction of an Alternatively Folded State in Human IgG-Fc
2011 (English)In: Biochemistry, ISSN 1520-4995, E-ISSN 0006-2960, Vol. 50, no 6, 981-988 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We report the formation of a non-native, folded state of human IgG4-Fc induced by a high temperature at neutral pH and at a physiological salt concentration. This structure is similar to the molten globule state in that it displays a high degree of secondary structure content and surface-exposed hydrophobic residues. However, it is highly resistant to chemical denaturation. The thermally induced state of human IgG4-Fc is thus associated with typical properties of the so-called alternatively folded state previously described for murine IgG, IgG-Fab, and individual antibody domains (V(L), V(H), C(H)1, and C(H)3) under acidic conditions in the presence of anions. Like some of these molecules, human IgG4-Fc in its alternative fold exists as a mixture of different oligomeric structures, dominated by an equilibrium between monomeric and heptameric species. Heating further induces the formation of fibrous structures in the micrometer range.
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American Chemical Society , 2011. Vol. 50, no 6, 981-988 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-65532DOI: 10.1021/bi101549nISI: 000287049500008PubMedID: 21261247OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-65532DiVA: diva2:396462