Many group A streptococcal strains express two different immunoglobulin-binding proteins, encoded by closely linked genes: characterization of the proteins expressed by four strains of different M-type

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

Most group A streptococcal strains are able to bind immunoglobulin (Ig) in a non-immune manner, and the majority of these strains bind both IgA and IgG. Using molecular cloning and immunochemical techniques, we have purified and characterized the Ig Fc-receptors expressed by four such strains. Two of the strains express a novel type of receptor, designated protein Sir, which binds IgA and IgG of all subclasses, and therefore has broader reactivity than any Fc-receptor previously described. The other two strains express protein Arp, a receptor that binds IgA of both subclasses, and also binds polyclonal IgG weakly. Characterization of the weak IgG-binding ability of protein Arp shows that it binds only some monoclonal IgG proteins, in particular those of the IgG3 subclass. The four strains studied here were unexpectedly found to also express a second Ig-receptor, called protein Mrp, encoded by a gene closely linked to the gene for the first receptor. The Mrp protein does not bind IgA, but it binds IgG molecules of the IgG1, IgG2 and IgG4 subclasses, and it also binds fibrinogen. Binding of fibrinogen has been reported to be a characteristic property of streptococcal M proteins, which suggests that the Mrp protein may be an M protein that also binds Ig. Taken together, all available evidence now indicates that most strains of group A streptococci express two different Ig-binding proteins, encoded by closely linked genes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1185-1194
JournalMolecular Microbiology
Volume6
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1992

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Microbiology in the medical area

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Many group A streptococcal strains express two different immunoglobulin-binding proteins, encoded by closely linked genes: characterization of the proteins expressed by four strains of different M-type'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this