Jerry L. Johnson

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The neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn) binds maternal immunoglobulin G (IgG) during the acquisition of passive immunity by the fetus or newborn. FcRn also binds IgG and returns it to the bloodstream, thus protecting IgG from a default degradative pathway. Biosensor assays have been used to characterize the interaction of a soluble form of rat FcRn with IgG, and(More)
In this study, we have examined the transport characteristics of the wild-type lactose permease, single mutants in which Lys-319 was changed to asparagine or alanine or Glu-325 was changed to glutamine or alanine, and the corresponding double mutant strains. The wild-type and Asn-319 mutant showed high levels of lactose uptake, with Km values of 0.42 and(More)
The ability of a human cytomegalovirus-encoded homolog of MHC class I molecules to serve as a peptide receptor was investigated. Sequencing of peptide material eluted from the purified viral protein revealed a mixture of endogenous peptides with characteristics similar to those eluted from conventional class I molecules, that is, anchor residues, and a(More)
The photoreceptors of Boa constrictor, a boid snake of the subfamily Boinae, were examined with scanning electron microscopy and microspectrophotometry. The retina of B. constrictor is duplex but highly dominated by rods, cones comprising 11% of the photoreceptor population. The rather tightly packed rods have relatively long outer segments with proximal(More)
Recognition of self peptides bound to the class I major histocompatibility complex molecule HLA-B27 is thought to trigger proliferation of autoreactive T cells and result in autoimmune arthritic diseases. Previous work from other laboratories established that a predominant feature of endogenous peptides eluted from purified B27 is an arginine at position 2.(More)
A combinatorial approach was used to study putative interactions among six ionizable residues (Asp-240, Glu-269, Arg-302, Lys-319, His-322, and Glu-325) in the lactose permease. Neutral mutations were made involving five ion pairs that had not been previously studied. Double mutants, R302L/E325Q and D240N/H322Q, had moderate levels of downhill [14C]-lactose(More)
In a previous study, we characterized a lactose permease mutant (K319N/E325Q) that can transport H+ ions with sugar. This result was surprising because other studies had suggested that Glu-325 plays an essential role in H+ binding. To determine if the lactose permease contains one or more auxiliary H+ binding sites, we began with the K319N/E325Q strain,(More)
Several previous studies have suggested that glutamate-126 and arginine-144 in the lactose permease of Escherichia coli form an ion pair that is essential for sugar binding. To further investigate the role of these residues, E126Q, R144Q, and R144S mutants were made. The R144Q and R144S strains, which had negligible levels of transport, were used as(More)
Class I major histocompatibility complex (MHC) proteins present peptide antigens to T cells during the immune response against viruses. Peptides are loaded into newly synthesized class I heterodimers in the endoplasmic reticulum such that most or all cell surface class I molecules contain peptides derived from endogenous or foreign proteins. We previously(More)
Four amino acids critical for lactose permease function were altered using site-directed mutagenesis. The resulting Quad mutant (E269Q/R302L/H322Q/E325Q) was expressed at 60% of wild-type levels but found to have negligible transport activity. The Quad mutant was used as a parental strain to isolate suppressors that regained the ability to ferment the(More)
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