Alteration of the FcγRIIa dimer interface affects receptor signaling but not ligand binding

Maree S. Powell, Nadine C. Barnes, Tessa M. Bradford, Ian F. Musgrave, Bruce D. Wines, John C. Cambier, P. Mark Hogarth

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The aggregation of cell surface FcRs by immune complexes induces a number of important Ab-dependent effector functions. However, despite numerous studies that examine receptor function, very little is known about the molecular organization of these receptors within the cell. In this study, protein complementation, mutagenesis, and ligand binding analyses demonstrate that human FcγRIIa is present as a noncovalent dimer form. Protein complementation studies found that FcγRIIa molecules are closely associated. Mutagenesis of the dimer interface, as identified by crystallographic analyses, did not affect ligand binding yet caused significant alteration to the magnitude and kinetics of receptor phosphorylation. The data suggest that the ligand binding and the dimer interface are distinct regions within the receptor, and noncovalent dimerization of FcγRIIa may be an essential feature of the FcγRIIa signaling cascade.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7489-7494
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes

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