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  • 1
    Publication Date: 2013-07-16
    Description: Folate receptors (FRalpha, FRbeta and FRgamma) are cysteine-rich cell-surface glycoproteins that bind folate with high affinity to mediate cellular uptake of folate. Although expressed at very low levels in most tissues, folate receptors, especially FRalpha, are expressed at high levels in numerous cancers to meet the folate demand of rapidly dividing cells under low folate conditions. The folate dependency of many tumours has been therapeutically and diagnostically exploited by administration of anti-FRalpha antibodies, high-affinity antifolates, folate-based imaging agents and folate-conjugated drugs and toxins. To understand how folate binds its receptors, we determined the crystal structure of human FRalpha in complex with folic acid at 2.8 A resolution. FRalpha has a globular structure stabilized by eight disulphide bonds and contains a deep open folate-binding pocket comprised of residues that are conserved in all receptor subtypes. The folate pteroate moiety is buried inside the receptor, whereas its glutamate moiety is solvent-exposed and sticks out of the pocket entrance, allowing it to be conjugated to drugs without adversely affecting FRalpha binding. The extensive interactions between the receptor and ligand readily explain the high folate-binding affinity of folate receptors and provide a template for designing more specific drugs targeting the folate receptor system.〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Notes: 〈/span〉Chen, Chen -- Ke, Jiyuan -- Zhou, X Edward -- Yi, Wei -- Brunzelle, Joseph S -- Li, Jun -- Yong, Eu-Leong -- Xu, H Eric -- Melcher, Karsten -- R01 DK071662/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS/ -- R01 GM102545/GM/NIGMS NIH HHS/ -- England -- Nature. 2013 Aug 22;500(7463):486-9. doi: 10.1038/nature12327. Epub 2013 Jul 14.〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Author address: 〈/span〉Program for Structural Biology and Drug Discovery, Van Andel Research Institute, 333 Bostwick Avenue North East, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503, USA.〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Record origin:〈/span〉 〈a href="" target="_blank"〉PubMed〈/a〉
    Keywords: Binding Sites/genetics ; Crystallography, X-Ray ; Folate Receptor 1/*chemistry/genetics/*metabolism ; Folic Acid/chemistry/*metabolism ; Humans ; Ligands ; Models, Molecular ; Mutation ; Protein Binding ; Structure-Activity Relationship
    Print ISSN: 0028-0836
    Electronic ISSN: 1476-4687
    Topics: Biology , Chemistry and Pharmacology , Medicine , Natural Sciences in General , Physics
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  • 2
    Publication Date: 2011-11-26
    Description: Abscisic acid (ABA) is an essential hormone for plants to survive environmental stresses. At the center of the ABA signaling network is a subfamily of type 2C protein phosphatases (PP2Cs), which form exclusive interactions with ABA receptors and subfamily 2 Snfl-related kinase (SnRK2s). Here, we report a SnRK2-PP2C complex structure, which reveals marked similarity in PP2C recognition by SnRK2 and ABA receptors. In the complex, the kinase activation loop docks into the active site of PP2C, while the conserved ABA-sensing tryptophan of PP2C inserts into the kinase catalytic cleft, thus mimicking receptor-PP2C interactions. These structural results provide a simple mechanism that directly couples ABA binding to SnRK2 kinase activation and highlight a new paradigm of kinase-phosphatase regulation through mutual packing of their catalytic sites.〈br /〉〈br /〉〈a href="" target="_blank"〉〈img src="" border="0"〉〈/a〉   〈a href="" target="_blank"〉This paper as free author manuscript - peer-reviewed and accepted for publication〈/a〉〈br /〉〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Notes: 〈/span〉Soon, Fen-Fen -- Ng, Ley-Moy -- Zhou, X Edward -- West, Graham M -- Kovach, Amanda -- Tan, M H Eileen -- Suino-Powell, Kelly M -- He, Yuanzheng -- Xu, Yong -- Chalmers, Michael J -- Brunzelle, Joseph S -- Zhang, Huiming -- Yang, Huaiyu -- Jiang, Hualiang -- Li, Jun -- Yong, Eu-Leong -- Cutler, Sean -- Zhu, Jian-Kang -- Griffin, Patrick R -- Melcher, Karsten -- Xu, H Eric -- GM084041/GM/NIGMS NIH HHS/ -- R01 GM059138/GM/NIGMS NIH HHS/ -- S10 RR027270/RR/NCRR NIH HHS/ -- New York, N.Y. -- Science. 2012 Jan 6;335(6064):85-8. doi: 10.1126/science.1215106. Epub 2011 Nov 24.〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Author address: 〈/span〉Laboratory of Structural Sciences, Van Andel Research Institute, 333 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA.〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Record origin:〈/span〉 〈a href="" target="_blank"〉PubMed〈/a〉
    Keywords: Abscisic Acid/chemistry/*metabolism ; Amino Acid Sequence ; Arabidopsis/chemistry/*metabolism ; Arabidopsis Proteins/antagonists & inhibitors/*chemistry/*metabolism ; Catalytic Domain ; Crystallography, X-Ray ; Enzyme Activation ; Models, Molecular ; *Molecular Mimicry ; Molecular Sequence Data ; Phosphoprotein Phosphatases/*chemistry/*metabolism ; Phosphorylation ; Protein Binding ; Protein Structure, Tertiary ; Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases/antagonists & inhibitors/*chemistry/*metabolism ; Recombinant Fusion Proteins/chemistry/metabolism ; Signal Transduction
    Print ISSN: 0036-8075
    Electronic ISSN: 1095-9203
    Topics: Biology , Chemistry and Pharmacology , Computer Science , Medicine , Natural Sciences in General , Physics
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