Trematomus bernacchii immunoglobulin M concentration was determined in the serum by ELISA; the mean concentration value was 2.7 mg/ml corresponding to 9.6% of the total serum proteins. Purified IgM was analyzed by SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, isoelectrofocusing and 2D electrophoresis. The relative molecular mass of the polymeric form was 830 kDa; that of separated H and L chains was, respectively, 78 and 25 kDa. The isoelectric points of the entire molecule ranged from 4.4 to 6.5, that of isolated H chains was between 4.0 and 6.0. Separated H chains were shown to reaggregate in tetrameric form. The cleavage site of trypsin was at the end of the CH1 domain, as confirmed by the N-terminal amino acid sequence of one of the resultant peptides. Immunoblotting was used to detect carbohydrates in the H and L chains labeled with digoxigenin. Glycosyl residues were detected only in the H chain. The carbohydrate content was evaluated to be 12.8% of the entire chain. Purified Igs were hydrolyzed by N-glycosidase F at different conditions and at least four different hydrolytic sites were revealed by limited deglycosylation. T. bernacchii IgM was also compared to those of five other polar fish species.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - B Biochemistry and Molecular Biology|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 1 2003|
- 2D electrophoresis
- Cold adaptation
- Immunoglobulin M
ASJC Scopus subject areas