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J Immunol. 1991 Jun 1;146(11):3881-8.

The membrane IgM-associated heterodimer on human B cells is a newly defined B cell antigen that contains the protein product of the mb-1 gene.

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Central Laboratory of The Netherlands Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service, Amsterdam.


7/8embrane IgM (mIgM) on human B lymphocytes is noncovalently associated with a disulfide-linked dimer that contains phosphoproteins of 47 and 37 kDa. In this study, the biochemical properties and the identity of these Ag receptor-associated components have been addressed. Both subunits carry N-linked carbohydrate groups. After deglycosylation, the 47-kDa and 37-kDa proteins have similar molecular masses, of about 23 kDa, and relatively acidic but different isoelectric points. The accumulated data, together with a previously performed comparison of tryptic peptides, suggest that the two components are structurally distinct and possibly encoded by different genes. Indeed, a mAb, raised against a synthetic peptide that was made on the basis of the published carboxyl-terminal amino acid sequence of the human mb-1 gene product, specifically reacted with the 47-kDa but not the 37-kDa subunit. None of the established B cell-specific mAb characterized in the Fourth International Workshop on Leukocyte Antigens, including CD24, CD37, and CD72, detect the mIgM-linked heterodimer, which makes it a newly defined human B cell Ag.

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