Experimental Data Snapshot

  • Resolution: 2.00 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.262 
  • R-Value Work: 0.206 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.206 

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Structural basis of calcium-induced E-cadherin rigidification and dimerization.

Nagar, B.Overduin, M.Ikura, M.Rini, J.M.

(1996) Nature 380: 360-364

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/380360a0
  • Primary Citation of Related Structures:  

  • PubMed Abstract: 

    The cadherins mediate cell adhesion and play a fundamental role in normal development. They participate in the maintenance of proper cell-cell contacts: for example, reduced levels of epithelial cadherin (E-cadherin) correlate with increased invasiveness in many human tumour cell types. The cadherins typically consist of five tandemly repeated extracellular domains, a single membrane-spanning segment and a cytoplasmic region. The N-terminal extracellular domains mediate cell-cell contact while the cytoplasmic region interacts with the cytoskeleton through the catenins. Cadherins depend on calcium for their function: removal of calcium abolishes adhesive activity, renders cadherins vulnerable to proteases (reviewed in ref. 4) and, in E-cadherin, induces a dramatic reversible conformational change in the entire extracellular region. We report here the X-ray crystal structure at 2.0 A resolution of the two N-terminal extracellular domains of E-cadherin in the presence of calcium. The structure reveals a two-fold symmetric dimer, each molecule of which binds a contiguous array of three bridged calcium ions. Not only do the bound calcium ions linearize and rigidify the molecule, they promote dimerization. Although the N-terminal domain of each molecule in the dimer is aligned in a parallel orientation, the interactions between them differ significantly from those found in the neural cadherin (N-cadherin) N-terminal domain (NCD1) structure. The E-cadherin dual-domain structure reported here defines the role played by calcium in the cadherin-mediated formation and maintenance of solid tissues.

  • Organizational Affiliation

    Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Entity ID: 1
MoleculeChains Sequence LengthOrganismDetailsImage
A, B
226Mus musculusMutation(s): 0 
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IMPC:  MGI:88354
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UniProt GroupP09803
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Experimental Data & Validation

Experimental Data

  • Resolution: 2.00 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.262 
  • R-Value Work: 0.206 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.206 
  • Space Group: C 1 2 1
Unit Cell:
Length ( Å )Angle ( ˚ )
a = 121.657α = 90
b = 80.802β = 116.65
c = 72.635γ = 90
Software Package:
Software NamePurpose
DENZOdata reduction
SCALEPACKdata scaling

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Entry History 

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Revision History  (Full details and data files)

  • Version 1.0: 1997-01-11
    Type: Initial release
  • Version 1.1: 2008-03-24
    Changes: Version format compliance
  • Version 1.2: 2011-07-13
    Changes: Version format compliance
  • Version 1.3: 2024-02-07
    Changes: Data collection, Database references, Derived calculations