Twenty-nine peptides covering the full extracellular domain of the human thyrotropin receptor have been synthesized and tested for reactivity with Graves' patients' and normal sera in ELISA. Two peptides, amino acids 331-350 and the second extracellular loop of the transmembrane segment, bound IgG-s from 5 and 4 of 10 Graves' disease patients' sera, respectively. Neither of these two peptides showed enhanced binding to normal IgG. There were no apparent differences between the Graves' disease and normal group with respect to the other 27 peptides. We conclude that peptide 331-350 and the second extracellular loop carry important linear epitopes which may contribute to the disease process in selected Graves' patients.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Biochemical and biophysical research communications|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 15 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology