Molecular definition of interaction sites on human IgG for Fc receptors (huFc gamma R)

Mol Immunol. 1990 Dec;27(12):1237-40. doi: 10.1016/0161-5890(90)90027-w.


Evidence from several experimental approaches allows us to conclude that the primary amino acid sequence of the lower hinge region (residues 234-237) of human IgG molecules determines recognition by human Fc gamma RI, Fc gamma RII and Fc gamma RIII. Glycosylation of the CH2 domain is also essential, although the carbohydrate is not accessible for direct interaction with ligands. The role of the carbohydrate moiety may be to maintain a protein conformation that allows accessibility to amino acid side chains essential for ligand recognition and binding. It appears logical that the evolutionarily-related Fc gamma R molecules should interact with overlapping non-identical sites on the IgG molecule.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acids / physiology
  • Animals
  • Antibodies
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Antigens, Differentiation / chemistry
  • Antigens, Differentiation / metabolism*
  • Chimera
  • Glycosylation
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin Fc Fragments / metabolism
  • Immunoglobulin G / metabolism*
  • Immunoglobulin Isotypes / metabolism
  • Mice
  • Rabbits
  • Receptors, Fc / chemistry
  • Receptors, Fc / metabolism*
  • Receptors, IgG
  • Structure-Activity Relationship


  • Amino Acids
  • Antibodies
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Antigens, Differentiation
  • Immunoglobulin Fc Fragments
  • Immunoglobulin G
  • Immunoglobulin Isotypes
  • Receptors, Fc
  • Receptors, IgG