Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
The self-regulation of biological signalling receptors via homodimerization is discussed in relation to the symmetry changes occurring when these receptors bind their target ligand. The idea of positive and negative cooperativity between dimerization and ligand binding, mediated by changes in the symmetry of the system, as a source of signalling control is considered; and an analogy made with the homodimerization of a glycopeptide antibiotic, ristocetin A, which displays negative cooperativity. Finally, the regulation of the bacterial aspartate receptor and the human growth hormone receptor is discussed as a function of ligand-induced asymmetry. Chirality 10:14-23, 1998. © 1998 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
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