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Sci. STKE, 7 June 2005
Vol. 2005, Issue 287, p. tw217
[DOI: 10.1126/stke.2872005tw217]


RECEPTORS Cytokine-Cytokine Receptor Structure

Interleukin-2 (IL-2) is central to the immune response. It forms a complex with three cell surface receptors, IL-2Rα, IL-2Rβ, and IL-2R{gamma}, to form a complex that signals through activation of downstream tyrosine kinases, JAK3 and STAT. Rickert et al. have determined a 2.8 angstrom crystal structure of a complex between IL-2 and IL-2Rα. The IL-2Rα structure lacks a classical cytokine receptor fold, and the docking mode with IL-2 is distinct from known cytokine recognition modes. The structure provides a framework for the engineering of improved IL-2 therapeutics.

M. Rickert, X. Wang, M. J. Boulanger, N. Goriatcheva, K. C. Garcia, The structure of interleukin-2 complexed with its alpha receptor. Science 308, 1477-1480 (2005). [Abstract] [Full Text]

Citation: Cytokine-Cytokine Receptor Structure. Sci. STKE 2005, tw217 (2005).

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