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      Competition for FcRn-mediated transport gives rise to short half-life of human IgG3 and offers therapeutic potential

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          Human IgG3 displays the strongest effector functions of all IgG subclasses but has a short half-life for unresolved reasons. Here we show that IgG3 binds to IgG-salvage receptor (FcRn), but that FcRn-mediated transport and rescue of IgG3 is inhibited in the presence of IgG1 due to intracellular competition between IgG1 and IgG3. We reveal that this occurs because of a single amino acid difference at position 435, where IgG3 has an arginine instead of the histidine found in all other IgG subclasses. While the presence of R435 in IgG increases binding to FcRn at neutral pH, it decreases binding at acidic pH, affecting the rescue efficiency—but only in the presence of H435–IgG. Importantly, we show that in humans the half-life of the H435-containing IgG3 allotype is comparable to IgG1. H435–IgG3 also gave enhanced protection against a pneumococcal challenge in mice, demonstrating H435–IgG3 to be a candidate for monoclonal antibody therapies.


          The half-life of IgG is regulated by binding to the neonatal Fc receptor and, in the case of IgG3, is reduced compared to other IgG proteins. In this study, a mutation in IgG3 is shown to reduce binding to the neonatal Fc receptor, which can be competitively blocked by IgG1.

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                20 December 2011
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                [1 ]simpleDepartment of Experimental Immunohematology, Sanquin Research, and Landsteiner Laboratory, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam , Plesmanlaan 125, Amsterdam 1066 CX, The Netherlands.
                [2 ]simpleDepartment of Immunology, Oslo University Hospital Rikshospitalet and University of Oslo , PO Box 4950 Nydalen, Oslo 0424, Norway.
                [3 ]simpleCentre for Immune Regulation and Department of Molecular Biosciences, University of Oslo , PO box 1041, Blindern, Oslo 0316, Norway.
                [4 ]simpleDepartment of Medical Microbiology, University Medical Center Utrecht , Heidelberglaan 100, 3584 CX, The Netherlands.
                [5 ]simpleDepartment of Immunology, Landspitali University Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, University of Iceland , Eiriksgata, hus 14, Reykjavik 101, Iceland.
                [6 ]simpleDepartment of Pharmacology, Utrecht University , Universiteitsweg 99, Utrecht 3584 CG, The Netherlands.
                [7 ]These authors contributed equally to this work.
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