Synergy between immunotoxins prepared with native ricin A chains and chemically-modified ricin B chains

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Abstract

Ricin B chains treated with chloramine-T in the presence or absence of NaI show a 100-fold to 200-fold reduction in their ability to bind to the galactose-containing protein asialofetuin. Such treated B chains do not form covalently associated homodimers with treated B chains or heterodimers with native ricin A chains. Furthermore, they cannot enhance the toxicity of a ricin A chain-containing rabbit anti-human immunoglobulin (RAHIg-A) for Daudi cells. However, when such B chains are coupled to goat anti-rabbit Ig (GARIg), they potentiate the killing of RAHIg-A-treated Daudi cells only slightly less effectively than GARIg coupled to native B chains. Furthermore, if GARIg-B chain conjugates are treated with chloramine-T after coupling, they fail to bind to asialofetuin but enhance the killing of Daudi cells treated with RAHIg-A. These results demonstrate that the ability of ricin B chains to bind to galactose and to enhance the toxicity of ricin A chains (in the form of an antibody-A chain) can be operationally separated. Thus, the two functions of the B chain may reside on separate domains of the molecule.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1880-1887
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Immunology
Volume136
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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