Amino acid sequences around the disulphide bridges of the heavy chain of an immunoglobulin of the γ2 subclass have been studied. The protein was digested with pepsin and the digest fractionated by Sephadex. Screening of the eluate by one-dimensional electrophoresis of oxidized and unoxidized samples was used as an assay and pools of fractions were prepared. Identification by diagonal electrophoresis of several inter- and intra-chain disulphide bridges was done on the pooled fractions. The inter-heavy-chain bridged peptide included four cystine residues. Comparison with proteins of other human subclasses indicated that the intrachain bridges identified are the bridges of the invariable section of γ2 heavy chains. The amino acid sequence of one cysteic acid peptide that may have been derived from the variable part of the molecule was determined. Partial reduction followed by carboxymethylation with radioactive iodoacetate of two proteins of the γ2 class showed a number of labelled peptides that could be identified as being related to the inter-chain bonded cystine residues.

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