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Received January 23, 2013; Revision received March 14, 2013
Fc fragments (hFc) of human myeloma IgG2 proteins LOM and SIN having core hinge (Cys-Cys-Val-Glu-Cys-Pro-Pro-Cys) were first obtained by a modified proteolytic procedure. The thermostability of CH2 domains inside of standard Fc, hFc fragments, and intact IgG2 LOM and SIN was studied by fluorescence spectroscopy. It was found that CH2 domains of intact IgG2 are destabilized. The destabilization is accompanied by reduced ability of IgG2 to inhibit the activation of complement system by classical pathway. This could be due to the decrease in the affinity of CH2 domains to factor C1q.
KEY WORDS: immunoglobulin IgG2, Fc fragment, CH2 domain, complement system factor C1q, myeloma, stability