Plasma cells daily secrete theirownmass in antibodies, which fold and assemble in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). To reach these levels, cells require pERp1, a novel lymphocyte-specific small ER-resident protein, which attains expression levels as high as BiP when B cells differentiate into plasma cells. Although pERp1 has no homology with known ER proteins, it does contain a CXXC motif typical for oxidoreductases. In steady state, the CXXC cysteines are locked by two parallel disulfide bonds with a downstream C(X)6C motif, and pERp1 displays only modest oxidoreductase activity. pERp1 emerged as a dedicated folding factor for IgM, associating with both heavy and light chains and promoting assembly and secretion of mature IgM.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 6 2009|
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