Previous studies using proteolytic fragments and synthetic peptides have indicated that domain I of human polymeric immunoglobulin receptor (PlgR) is necessary for ligand binding. The expression in E. coli, and subsequent IgM-affinity purification of domain I of human PlgR is described. The recombinant domain I protein (rDI) was similar in structure to native SC domain I in that it bound specifically to MAb 6G11, an antibody which recognizes a critical portion of the PIg binding site in domain I. The biological activity of rDI was indicated by high affinity binding to PIgA (Kd = 1.6 × 10-7 M) and IgM (Kd = 5.1 × 10-7 M). Domain I of human SC is therefore sufficient for binding to PIg.
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