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Biochemistry. 1983 Dec 6;22(25):5722-8.

A previously unrecognized subunit of the receptor for immunoglobulin E.


Our laboratory previously found that under conditions that stabilized the interaction between the alpha and beta subunits of the receptor for immunoglobulin E, two new components were recovered having apparent molecular weights of 45 000 and 20 000, respectively. In this paper, we characterize the 20-kDa material. We demonstrate that it consists of a disulfide-linked dimer of 10-kDa polypeptides and that these have all the characteristics expected for subunits of the receptor. We propose that they be termed gamma chains and that the receptor consists of four chains: one alpha, one beta, and two gamma chains. The gamma chains share many of the labeling properties of the beta chain and, like the latter, are likely to be embedded in the plasma membrane and exposed on the internal but not the external surface of the bilayer.

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