In a patient with an unknown bleeding disorder and an IgM λ paraproteinemia, we demonstrated by thin-layer chromatography immunostaining and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay that this protein specifically bound to a number of glycolipids and glycoproteins which have terminal β-galactosyl or β-glucosyl residues. Binding to galactosylceramide or glucosylceramide was inhibited by both galactosylceramide and glucosylceramide. From these studies, it is apparent that the M-protein recognized both β-galactosyl and β-glucosyl residues. This M-protein was also shown to prolong the partial thromboplastin time of normal plasma. Thus, this case represents an example of anti-carbohydrate specificity of an IgM M-protein in association with a spontaneous bleeding disorder.
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- Molecular Biology