Three mouse immunoglobulins with altered heavy chains have been used to study the specificity of the mouse IgG2b Fc receptor on mouse macrophages. These immunoglobulins were synthesized by variant clones derived from the MPC 11, IgG2b-producing mouse myeloma cell line. One variant, whose Fc receptor. A second variant, which makes a short heavy chain lacking the CH3 domain, binds specifically to the IgG2b Fc receptor. The third variant makes a hybrid IgG2b-IgG2a heavy chain whose CH3 domain is enterely IgG2a-like and binds to both IgG2a and IgG2b Fc receptors. These data suggest that the binding of mouse IgG2b immunoglobulins to the mouse macrophage Fc receptor involves a site within the CH2 domain and indicate that immunoglobulins with altered heavy chains are a useful tool to probe Fc receptors.

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