Peptides corresponding to sequences of the Fc-portion of immunoglobulin G (IgG) surrounding and containing the tuftsin molecule were synthesized. The compounds were assayed for their ability to compete with [3H-Arg4]tuftsin in binding to mouse peritoneal macrophages and to stimulate the cell's capacity to phagocytize. Despite the sensitivity that tuftsin has demonstrated to various chemical modifications and structural alterations which usually cause reduction or total loss of biological activity, IgG-related analogs possess potent tuftsin-like activity. The activity is not caused by enzymatic breakdown and release of tuftsin. The fact that the elongated tuftsin analogs can specifically be attached to and activate macrophages may indicate a possible connection between Fc and tuftsin's receptors.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - 30 Aug 1983|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology