Crystal structure of the NK1 fragment of human hepatocyte growth factor at 2.0 A resolution.Ultsch, M., Lokker, N.A., Godowski, P.J., de Vos, A.M.
(1998) Structure 6: 1383-1393
- PubMed: 9817840
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/s0969-2126(98)00138-5
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- PubMed Abstract:
Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is a mitogen for hepatocytes and has also been implicated as an epithelial morphogen in tumor invasion. HGF activates its specific cellular receptor, c-met, through an aggregation mechanism potentiated by heparan sulfate glycosaminoglycans. HGF consists of an N-terminal (N) domain, four kringle domains (the first of which carries receptor-binding determinants), and an inactive serine-protease-like domain. NK1, a naturally occurring fragment of HGF, acts as an antagonist of HGF in the absence of heparin.
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