Characterization of the IgE receptor isolated from human basophils

B. L. Hempstead, C. W. Parker, A. Kulczycki

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The IgE receptor of human basophils was purified by using simple and repetitive affinity chromatography on human IgE-Sepharose. Basophils were partially purified from peripheral blood of patients with chronic myelogenous or basophilic leukemia. Cells were labeled with 125I by using the lactoperoxidase method and were solubilized with nonionic detergent. Elution of IgE-Sepharose with 0.5 N acetic acid, 1% NP-40 allowed recovery of active IgE receptor. Analysis of human IgE receptor by SDS polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis with 10% gels demonstrated one major radioactive peak with an apparent m.w. of 58,000 to 68,000, somewhat larger than rat IgE receptor. The purified human IgE receptor was active since ~ 10 to 42% of labeled receptor could specifically rebind to insolubilized human IgE. Rebinding was blocked by nanomolar concentrations of soluble human IgE or rat IgE but not by human or rat IgG, heat-inactivated human IgE, or heat-aggregated human IgG; thus it appears that rat IgE as well as human IgE binds specifically to human IgE receptor. The relative abilities of active rat IgE and active human IgE to inhibit human IgE receptor rebinding could not be precisely determined because of the limitations in assessing the proportion of human IgE that retains receptor-binding activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2283-2291
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1979


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