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Role of FcRn as a therapeutic target
Release time: 2021-09-18 Source: ACROBiosystems Read: 6487
Origin and function of FcRn

For a long time, IgG has been the only class of antibodies that are actively transferred from mother to offspring. This results in short-term passive immunity, and the specific IgG transport is accomplished by FcRn. In 1972, Jones first identified a receptor that transport maternal IgG to newborns in the gut of neonatal rats, hence after it was named as Neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn). FcRn expression during pregnancy and lactation plays a role in transporting IgG across the placental barrier and the intestinal tract. A variety of tissue cells can be detected throughout the life cycle. The main function is to maintain the level of IgG and albumin in the serum and regulate the distribution in the tissue.

Mechanism of FcRn to prolong half-life

IgG has a half-life of up to 2 to 4 weeks in the human body. The impact of the half-life is mainly due to the FcRn-mediated recycling mechanism. This mechanism is achieved by the pH-dependent binding of IgG Fc fragment and serum albumin to FcRn.


Under acidic conditions (pH6.0-6.5), FcRn binds IgG, and dissociation occurs under neutral and weakly alkaline conditions (pH7.0-7.5). Specifically, endothelial cells form endocytosis vesicles by ingesting IgG to form an acidified endosome, and IgG binds to FcRn to form an IgG-FcRn complex. The IgG-FcRn complex is transported to the cell surface through the recirculated endosome. Under physiological conditions such as pH7.4, the IgG-FcRn complex is dissociates, and the IgG is released again into the blood circulation. Through this receptor-mediated recycling mechanism, FcRn effectively protects IgG from lysosomal degradation, thus prolonging the half-life of IgG. However, IgG does not bind to FcRn to form an IgG-FcRn complex in the acidified body, degrades in the lysosome. Studies have shown that the FcRn-mediated IgG recovery rate is 42% higher than the IgG production rate, suggesting that IgG recycling is the main process that maintains IgG concentrations in human body.

Structure of FcRn

FcRn is a heterodimer composed of two subunits FCGRT and B2M. FCGRT has three extracellular functional regions including three soluble domains (α1, α2, and α3), a single transmembrane helix and a cytoplasmic tail (some studies showed the cytoplasmic tail region composed of 44 amino acid residues that may contain signals that mediate intracellular pathways). Its molecular weight is 40 to 50 kDa, called the α chain while the molecular weight of B2M is 14 kDa, called the β chain. The two chains are joining in the form of non-covalent bonds. FCGRT must be assembled with B2M to play a transport role. Studies have shown that the binding site of FcRn with IgG and serum albumin is not the same, so the binding of FcRn to IgG is not interfered by serum protein.


  FcRn has different binding sites with ligand IgG and albumin

FcRn to treat autoimmune diseases

The high affinity of FcRn has harmful effects on IgG-mediated autoimmune diseases such as myasthenia gravis, rheumatoid arthritis, or pemphigus vulgaris. Targeting FcRn and inhibiting FcRn circulation can enhance IgG catabolism, resulting in overall reduced IgG and pathogenic autoantibody levels, which is expected to reduce all autoimmune abnormalities caused by IgG. Studies have confirmed that FcRn targeting therapy provides faster and more selective IgG reduction than therapeutic plasma exchange therapy for myasthenia gravis. In addition, the advantages of this treatment over many clinically use conventional therapies are also demonstrated by the fact that IgA, IgD, IgE, and IgM are not dependent on FcRn-mediated circulation. Therefore, it does not lead to extensive immunosuppression, providing the basis for the safety and precision specificity of FcRn targeting.

Drugs targeting FcRn antibodies currently being evaluated in clinical trials include Orilanolimab (SYNT001), Efgartigimo, Nipocalimab (M281) and so on.   Nipocalimab (M281) is a potential “best-in-class”anti-FcRn antibody developed by Momenta. It has the potential to treat a variety of autoimmune diseases and was introduced by Johnson & Johnson. Batoclimab is a Hebo Pharmaceutical, introduced from HanAll Biopharma in 2018. It is also a whole human antibody targeting the Fc receptor (FcRn) of newborns. They have obtained the rights to develop, produce and commercialize it in the Greater China region.

Global Clinical Trials of FcRn Targeting for Autoimmune Diseases



Drugs that target FcRn do not use FcRn as a direct target for therapeutic intervention as conventional targets. Instead, it uses the advantages of cellular drug delivery, which is called a "revolutionary therapy" that can wipe out all autoimmune diseases, with high potential. Focusing on the potential of targeting FcRn in autoimmune diseases, major pharmaceutical companies have poured into the track, promising to treat all autoimmune diseases caused by autoantigens.

To support monoclonal antibody, bispecific antibody, ADC drug affinity research and targeted FcRn drug development for the treatment of autoimmune diseases, ACROBiosystems can provide you with 19 high-quality FcRn protein products.

Advantages of Fc receptor protein products

Expressed by HEK293 Cells: post-translational modification and proper protein folding

Multiple species: Human, Mouse, Cynomolgus/Rhesus macaque, Rat, Porcine, Rabbit, Feline, Bovine, can be fully applied to different cross species experiments

High purity: SDS-PAGE verification purity>95%, SEC-MALS verification purity>90%

Low endotoxin: <1.0 EU/µg

High stability: strict quality control to ensure high batch-to-batch consistency

Biotinylated FcRn proteins labeled with AvitagTM offered . The labeling efficiency is high, and the labeling site is specific and clear, which is suitable for ELISA/SPR/BLI detection based on binding to streptavidin in the process of drug development and optimization process

Affinity verified by SPR & BLI: activity guaranteed, and protocols offered free of charge

Product list
MoleculeCat. No.HostProduct DescriptionStructure
FcRn (FCGRT & B2M)FCM-H5286HEK293Human FcRn / FCGRT&B2M Heterodimer Protein, His Tag&Strep II Tag (SPR & BLI & MALS verified)Hot
FCM-H8286HEK293Biotinylated Human FcRn / FCGRT&B2M Heterodimer Protein, His Tag&Strep II Tag, ultra sensitivity (primary amine labeling) (SPR verified)
FCM-H82W4HEK293Biotinylated Human FcRn / FCGRT&B2M Heterodimer Protein,,His Tag&Strep II Tag (SPR & BLI & MALS verified)Hot
FCM-H82W7HEK293Biotinylated Human FcRn / FCGRT&B2M Heterodimer Protein, His,(MALS & SPR verified)
FCN-H52W7HEK293Human FcRn / FCGRT&B2M Heterodimer Protein, His Tag (SPR & BLI & MALS verified)Hot
FCM-M52W2HEK293Mouse FcRn / FCGRT&B2M Heterodimer Protein, His Tag&Twin-Strep Tag (MALS & BLI verified)
FCM-M52W8HEK293Mouse FcRn / FCGRT&B2M Heterodimer Protein, His Tag (MALS & BLI verified)
FCM-M82W5HEK293Biotinylated Mouse FcRn / FCGRT&B2M Heterodimer Protein, His,(MALS & BLI verified)
FCM-M82W6HEK293Biotinylated Mouse FcRn / FCGRT&B2M Heterodimer Protein,,His Tag&Twin-Strep Tag (MALS & BLI-verified)
FCM-R5287HEK293Rat FcRn / FCGRT&B2M Heterodimer Protein, His Tag&Strep II Tag (MALS & SPR verified)
FCM-R82W7HEK293Biotinylated Rat FcRn / FCGRT&B2M Heterodimer Protein,,His Tag&Strep II Tag (MALS & SPR verified)
FCM-R52W5HEK293Rabbit FcRn / FCGRT&B2M Heterodimer Protein, His Tag&Tag Free (MALS & SPR verified)
FCM-C5284HEK293Cynomolgus / Rhesus macaque FcRn / FCGRT&B2M Heterodimer Protein, His Tag&Strep II Tag (MALS & BLI verified)
FCM-C52W9HEK293Cynomolgus / Rhesus macaque FcRn / FCGRT&B2M Heterodimer Protein, His Tag (MALS & BLI verified)
FCM-C82W3HEK293Biotinylated Cynomolgus / Rhesus macaque FcRn / FCGRT&B2M Heterodimer Protein, His,(MALS & SPR verified)
FCM-C82W5HEK293Biotinylated Cynomolgus / Rhesus macaque FcRn Heterodimer Protein, His,&Strep II Tag (SPR & BLI verified)
FCM-P5280HEK293Porcine FcRn / FCGRT&B2M Heterodimer Protein, His Tag&Strep II Tag (MALS & SPR verified)
FCN-F82W3HEK293Biotinylated Feline FcRn / FCGRT&B2M Heterodimer Protein, His,(MALS & SPR verified)
FCN-B82W3HEK293Biotinylated Bovine FcRn / FCGRT&B2M Heterodimer Protein, His,(SPR verified)

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[1] Jones EA, Waldmann TA. The mechanism of intestinal uptake and transcellular transport of IgG in the neonatal rat. The Journal of Clinical Inveatigation. 1972, 51:2916–27.

[2] Derry C. Roopenian, Shreeram Akilesh. FcRn: the neonatal Fc receptor comes of age. Nature Reviews Immunology. 2007,7:715–725.

[3] Imke Rudnik-Jansen, Kenneth A. Howard. FcRn expression in cancer: Mechanistic basis and therapeutic opportunities. Journal of Controlled Release. 2021, 337 :248–257.

[4] Karissa L. Gable, Jeffrey T. Guptill. Antagonism of the Neonatal Fc Receptor as an Emerging Treatment for Myasthenia Gravis. Frontiers in Immunology. 2020, 10.

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