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Immunology. 1995 Nov; 86(3): 343–350.
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Regulation and targeting of T-cell immune responses by IgE and IgG antibodies.


A set of chimeric antibodies with identical F(ab')2 fragments specific for the hapten 5-iodo-4-hydroxyl-3-nitrophenacetyl (NIP), but with different human Fc parts (gamma 1, gamma 2, gamma 3, gamma 4, epsilon), was used to compare the role of IgG and IgE antibodies in antigen presentation by human Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) B cells. Two or three molecules of NIP were coupled to one molecule of Der pI (Der pI-(3)NIP), a major allergen of Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus. Both monomeric IgG and performed complexes of various Der pI/IgG ratios failed to bind significantly to the Fc receptor for IgG on B cells (Fc gamma RII; CD32). Binding of IgG3 (> IgG1)-containing complexes (optimal ratio of antigen to antibody = 1:1) could be enhanced by increasing the number of haptens per Der pI molecule to nine or more. However, antigen presentation mediated by IgG and CD32 was not seen with either pulsed B cells or B cells that were allowed to capture the IgG complexes during the whole stimulation period. IgE binding to CD23 and subsequent IgE-mediated antigen presentation was seen under all conditions tested. Even monomeric immune complexes (IC) (Der pI-(3)NIP/IgE), in the absence of CD23 cross-linking, induced an immune response. As the number of natural epitopes for human antibodies on Der pI was less than five, we conclude that, in vivo, complexes consisting of Der pI/IgG will be directed to antigen-presenting cells expressing the high-affinity receptor for IgG (CD64), whereas IgE will allow antigen presentation by CD23-expressing cells, including B cells.

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