Definition of an Fc receptor-related gene (FcRX) expressed in human and mouse B cells

Academic Article

Abstract

  • The recent identification of five human Fc receptor (FcR) homologs, hFcRH1-5, has extended the known FcR family and identified an unanticipated richness of the chromosome 1q region in genes encoding potential Ig-binding proteins. In a database search for additional relatives of this family we identified expressed sequence tag representatives of a new FcR-related molecule (hFcRX) and its mouse ortholog (mFcRX). The FcRX cDNAs were cloned from human lymph node and mouse spleen cDNA libraries. hFcRX is located centrometric of FcγRII and FcγRIII at 1q23, and its mouse ortholog resides in a synthetic region of chromosome 1. The genes encode proteins with 67% interspecies identity that lack both N-linked glycosylation sites and transmembrane regions. Two of the four FcRX domains are Ig-like, and share characteristics similar to FcγRI domains 2 and 3, having 28% overall extracellular identity with FcγRI and 27% identity with mFcγRI respectively. FcRX transcripts are found primarily in secondary lymphoid tissues, where they are expressed by B lineage cells. FcRX thus may function as a secreted or intracellular protein in normal and neoplastic B cells.
  • Author List

  • Davis RS; Li H; Chen CC; Wang YH; Cooper MD; Burrows PD
  • Start Page

  • 1075
  • End Page

  • 1083
  • Volume

  • 14
  • Issue

  • 9