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Type: Journal article
Title: A dual role for the N-terminal domain of the IL-3 receptor in cell signalling
Author: Broughton, S.
Hercus, T.
Nero, T.
Kan, W.
Barry, E.
Dottore, M.
Cheung Tung Shing, K.
Morton, C.
Dhagat, U.
Hardy, M.
Wilson, N.
Downton, M.
Schieber, C.
Hughes, T.
Lopez, A.
Parker, M.
Citation: Nature Communications, 2018; 9(1):386-1-386-15
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 2041-1723
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Sophie E. Broughton, Timothy R. Hercus, Tracy L. Nero, Winnie L. Kan ... Timothy P. Hughes, Angel F. Lopez ... et al.
Abstract: The interleukin-3 (IL-3) receptor is a cell-surface heterodimer that links the haemopoietic, vascular and immune systems and is overexpressed in acute and chronic myeloid leukaemia progenitor cells. It belongs to the type I cytokine receptor family in which the α-subunits consist of two fibronectin III-like domains that bind cytokine, and a third, evolutionarily unrelated and topologically conserved, N-terminal domain (NTD) with unknown function. Here we show by crystallography that, while the NTD of IL3Rα is highly mobile in the presence of IL-3, it becomes surprisingly rigid in the presence of IL-3 K116W. Mutagenesis, biochemical and functional studies show that the NTD of IL3Rα regulates IL-3 binding and signalling and reveal an unexpected role in preventing spontaneous receptor dimerisation. Our work identifies a dual role for the NTD in this cytokine receptor family, protecting against inappropriate signalling and dynamically regulating cytokine receptor binding and function.
Keywords: Cercopithecus aethiops
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DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-02633-7
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