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Cell. 1986 Dec 5;47(5):657-65.

Molecular structure of human lymphocyte receptor for immunoglobulin E.


We have isolated and sequenced a cDNA clone encoding the human lymphocyte receptor for IgE (Fc epsilon R). The deduced protein sequence reveals that Fc epsilon R consists of 321 amino acids, without any signal sequence, and is oriented with its N-terminus on the cytoplasmic side and its C-terminus on the outside of the cell. This molecule shows striking sequence homology with chicken asialoglycoprotein receptor (hepatic lectin), suggesting a possible role for Fc epsilon R in endocytosis. Fc epsilon R mRNA is expressed in B cells, B cell lines, and macrophage cell lines. It is not expressed in T cells or T cell lines, with the exception of an HTLV-transformed T cell line. mRNAs expressed in a macrophage line and in the latter T cell line differ in size from mRNA expressed in B cells. Human BSF-1 (or IL-4) induces the expression of Fc epsilon R mRNA in B cells, but not in T cells.

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