Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Mol Immunol. 2006 Mar;43(7):987-98. Epub 2005 Jul 19.

Structural and functional characterization of glycosylation in an immunoglobulin G1 to Cryptococcus neoformans glucuronoxylomannan.

Author information

Laboratory for Macromolecular Analysis and Proteomics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1300 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461, USA.


Analysis of the N-linked oligosaccharides of the murine IgG1 monoclonal antibody (mAb) to Cryptococcus neoformans by LC/MS revealed five different core fucosylated, biantennary complex-type oligosaccharides at Asn-293, with the major species being a mono-galactosylated oligosaccharide with the glycosyl composition of Hex4HexNAc4Fuc (39% of the total glycan pool). The primary sequence predicted from nucleic acid sequencing differed from that measured by mass spectrometry at position 33 (ASN to ASP), a finding that may represent post-translational modification caused by spontaneous ASP deamination. Analysis of mAb 18B7 from three hybridoma clones revealed the same heterogenous N-glycan pattern, indicating that diversity in oligosaccharide structures originated from individual cells. The binding of native and de-glycosylated mAb 18B7 to cryptococcal Ag was comparable but the de-glycosylated 18B7 had shorter serum half-life and did not activate complement (C). De-glycosylated mAb 18B7 was opsonic for C. neoformans with murine macrophages through a mechanism that involved C-independent ingestion through the C receptor. Passive administration of de-glycosylated mAb 18B7 mediated comparable protective efficacy to the native mAb in mice with lethal infection. The results imply that the contribution of N-glycan structure to immunoglobulin function varies depending on the Ag-Ab system.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Elsevier Science
    Loading ...
    Support Center