Site-directed mutagenesis has been used to change amino acid residues of a recombinant Fc-hinge fragment derived from the murine immunoglobulin (Ig)G1 molecule, and the effects of these mutations on the pharmacokinetics of the Fc-hinge fragment have been determined. Specifically, Ile-253, His-310 and Gln-311 of the CH2 domain and His-433 and Asn-434 of the CH3 domain have been changed. In the three dimensional structure of an antibody, these amino acids are in close proximity to each other at the CH2-CH3 domain interface. The mutated Fc-hinge fragments have been purified from recombinant Escherichia coli cells and their pharmacokinetic parameters determined in mice and compared with those of the wild-type Fc-hinge fragment. The results show that the site of the IgG1 molecule that controls the catabolic rate (the 'catabolic site') is located at the CH2-CH3 domain interface and overlaps with the Staphylococcal protein A binding site.