Improvement of the method of obtaining human IgA Fc-fragments

  • O. Y. Galkin National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”
  • Y. V. Gorshunov Research and Design Institute of Urban Planning
  • V. F. Solovjova Ukrainian Research Institute of Nutrition, Biotechnology and Pharmacy
Keywords: human IgA, Fc-fragments, fragmentation, papain, gel filtration, electrophoresis


To address a number of fundamental and applied problems in immunology, molecular and cellular biology and biotechnology it is necessary to obtain Fc-fragments of immunoglobulins. Fc-fragments may be used for studying of the effector functions of antibodies which are mediated by these areas. They are often used as an immunogen to produce anti-specie (based on so-called secondary antibody) conjugate in the development of serological tests for diagnostics (predominantly such conjugate based on monoclonal antibodies). The work is aimed to develop improved methods of obtaining and allocation of Fc-fragments of human IgA. To achieve this objective, optimization of hydrolysis of IgA with subsequent purification of Fс-fragments have been carried out. Improved method of obtaining Fc-fragments of IgA provides: papain hydrolysis of immunoglobulin in the environment of nitrogen for 4 h, allowing to achieve maximum output of Fc-fragments without their further degradation: isolation and purification of Fc-fragments of human IgA by one-stage gel filtration on sephadex G-100; control of purity of the target product by electrophoresis in polyacrylamide gel with sodium dodecyl sulfate and Ouchterlony immunodiffusion. Enzymatic hydrolysis was carried out at the optimal temperature of papain (37 °C). As the oxygen in the air may have inhibitory effect on enzymatic hydrolysis reaction, the reaction mixture was incubated in the nitrogen atmosphere to prevent inactivation of papain. To reduce the incident degradation of immunoglobulin molecules, papain hydrolysis was carried out without using an enzyme activator (cysteine). Usage of the proposed scheme allows obtaining Fc-fragments of human IgA of high purity. Outcome of Fc-fragments after all stages of purification was about 18% of the initial amount of IgA in the preparation. Molecular weight from Fc-fragments of human IgA was equal to approximately 70 kDa.


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How to Cite
Galkin, O. Y., Gorshunov, Y. V., & Solovjova, V. F. (2015). Improvement of the method of obtaining human IgA Fc-fragments. Regulatory Mechanisms in Biosystems, 6(1), 32-35.