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Type: Journal article
Title: Crucial role of the residue at the F'-G' loop of the human GM-CSF receptor a chain for ligand recognition.
Author: Rajotte, D.
Cadieux, C.
Haman, A.
Wilkes, B.
Clark, S.
Hercus, T.
Woodcock, J.
Lopez, A.
Hoang, T.
Citation: Journal of Experimental Medicine, 1997; 185(11):1939-1950
Issue Date: 1997
ISSN: 0022-1007
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D. Rajotte, C. Cadieux, A. Haman, B.C. Wilkes, S.C. Clark, T. Hercus, J.A. Woodcock, A. Lopez and T. Hoang
Abstract: The receptor for granulocyte/macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) is composed of two chains, α and βc. Both chains belong to the superfamily of cytokine receptors characterized by a common structural feature, i.e., the presence of at least two fibronectin-like folds in the extracellular domain, which was first identified in the growth hormone receptor. The GM-CSF receptor (GMR)-α chain confers low affinity binding only (5–10 nM), whereas the other chain, βc, does not bind GM-CSF by itself but confers high affinity binding when associated with GMR-α (25–100 pM). The present study was designed to define the assembly of the GMR complex at the molecular level through site-directed mutagenesis guided by homology modeling with the growth hormone receptor complex. In our three-dimensional model, R280 of GMR-α, located in the F′–G′ loop and close to the WSSWS motif, is in the vicinity of the ligand Asp112, suggesting the possibility of electrostatic interaction between these two residues. Through site directed mutagenesis, we provide several lines of evidence indicating the importance of electrostatic interaction in ligand–receptor recognition. First, mutagenesis of GMR-αR280 strikingly ablated ligand binding in the absence of β common (βc); ligand binding was restored in the presence of βc with, nonetheless, a significant shift from high (26 pM) toward low affinity (from 2 to 13 nM). The rank order of the dissociation constant for the different GMR-αR280 mutations where Lys > Gln > Met > Asp, suggesting the importance of the charge at this position. Second, a mutant GM-CSF with charge reversal mutation at position Asp112 exhibited a 1,000-fold decrease in affinity in receptor binding, whereas charge ablation or conservative mutations were the least affected (10–20-fold). Third, removal of the charge at position R280 of GMR-α introduced a 10-fold decrease in the association rate constant and only a 2-fold change in the dissociation rate constant, suggesting that R280 is implicated in ligand recognition, possibly through interaction with Asp112 of GM-CSF. For all R280 mutants, the half-efficient concentrations of GM-CSF required for membrane (receptor binding) to nuclear events (c-fos promoter activation) and cell proliferation (thymidine incorporation) were in the same range, indicating that the threshold for biologic activity is governed mainly by the affinity of ligand–receptor interaction. Furthermore, mutation of other residues in the immediate vicinity of R280 was less drastic. Sequence alignment and modeling of interleukin (IL)-3R and IL-5R identified an arginine residue at the tip of a β turn in a highly divergent context at the F′–G′ loop, close to a conserved structural element, the WSXWS motif, suggesting the possibility of a ligand association mechanism similar to the one described herein for GMR.
Keywords: CHO Cells; 3T3 Cells; Animals; Humans; Mice; Granulocyte-Macrophage Colony-Stimulating Factor; Receptors, Granulocyte-Macrophage Colony-Stimulating Factor; Antibodies, Monoclonal; Ligands; Transfection; Mutagenesis, Site-Directed; Amino Acid Sequence; Protein Binding; Sequence Homology, Amino Acid; Kinetics; Models, Molecular; Software; Molecular Sequence Data; Cricetinae
Rights: © 1997 Rockefeller University Press
RMID: 0030004886
DOI: 10.1084/jem.185.11.1939
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