Solubilization and initial biochemical characterization of an IgE-destroying enzyme on rat peritoneal mast cells

Michael K. Bach, Gordon J. White, Mark A. Johnson, Teruko Ishizaka, Kimishige Ishizaka

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Previous studies had demonstrated that incubation of IgE with purified rat mast cells can result in the time and cell concentration-dependent destruction of the ability of the IgE to be bound to specific receptors on rat basophil leukemia cells. The IgE-dcslroying activity, which has an extremely acid pH optimum, resisted attempts at solubilization using detergents. However, it was solubilized in good yield by use of chaotropic salts and especially KOCN. The soluble activity is stable to freezing and thawing, and to heating to 68°C for 60 min. It is promptly destroyed upon boiling. IgE destruction was linear with time up to 20 min and a series of products, mol. wts 138,000, 92,500, 60.000 and 36,500, are formed during the reaction. No pH optimum for the reaction could be found because, as the pH was lowered below 4.0, the spontaneous destruction of IgE became too great. At pH 4.75 the apparent Km for the reaction was 0.55 μM and Vmaxwas 0.4nmoles IgE/104 mast cell equivalents/min. IgE-destroying activity could be inhibited by heat-inactivated serum, and by relatively high concentrations of crude α1-antitrypsin, aprotinin. limabean and soybean trypsin inhibitors and by p-nitroguanidinobenzoate. A large number of other protease inhibitors were inactive.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)991-999
Number of pages9
JournalMolecular Immunology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Molecular Biology


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