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Impact of Differential Glycosylation on IgG Activity

  • Anja Lux
  • Falk Nimmerjahn
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 780)

Abstract

Immunoglobulin G (IgG) molecules are glycoproteins with dual functionality. While participating in the destruction of virally infected cells or healthy tissues during autoimmune disease, IgG antibodies are also used as a therapeutic agent to suppress IgG-triggered autoimmune disease and inflammation. Research of recent years has put the IgG-associated sugar moiety in the spotlight for regulating these opposing activities. This review will focus on how certain IgG glycovariants impact different IgG-dependent effector functions and how this knowledge might be used to further improve the therapeutic effectiveness of this class of molecules.

Keywords

Sialic Acid Sugar Moiety Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy Sialic Acid Residue Fucose Residue 
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Notes

Acknowledgements

This work was supported by grants from the German Research Foundation (SFB 643, FOR832, GK1660, SPP1468) and the Bavarian Genome Research Network (BayGene) to F.N. We apologize to all colleagues whose important work could not be cited directly due to limitation in space. These references can be found in the review articles referred to in this manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biology, Institute of GeneticsUniversity of Erlangen-NurembergErlangenGermany

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