Large, soluble ds (double-stranded) DNA-IgG (immunoglobulin G) anti-dsDNA immune complexes (greater than or equal to 200 S) that were previously opsonized with complement were digested with DNAase. The small complement-component-C3-fragment-labelled IgG (11-14 S) that was then isolated did not bind effectively to complement receptor type 1 on human red blood cells. However, when this IgG was immune-complexed with 3H-labelled PM2 (bacteriophage directed against a marine Pseudomonas) dsDNA (Mr approximately 6 × 10(6), substantial binding of both the DNA antigen and IgG to the erythrocytes was demonstrable.

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