Crystallographic analysis of the interaction of the glucocorticoid receptor with DNA

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  • Resolution: 3.00 Å

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Crystallographic Analysis of the Interaction of the Glucocorticoid Receptor with DNA

Luisi, B.F.Xu, W.X.Otwinowski, Z.Freedman, L.P.Yamamoto, K.R.Sigler, P.B.

(1991) Nature 352: 497-505

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/352497a0
  • Primary Citation of Related Structures:  
    1GLU, 1R4O, 1R4R

  • PubMed Abstract: 

    Two crystal structures of the glucocorticoid receptor DNA-binding domain complexed with DNA are reported. The domain has a globular fold which contains two Zn-nucleated substructures of distinct conformation and function. When it binds DNA, the domain dimerizes, placing the subunits in adjacent major grooves. In one complex, the DNA has the symmetrical consensus target sequence; in the second, the central spacing between the target's half-sites is larger by one base pair. This results in one subunit interacting specifically with the consensus target half-site and the other nonspecifically with a noncognate element. The DNA-induced dimer fixes the separation of the subunits' recognition surfaces so that the spacing between the half-sites becomes a critical feature of the target sequence's identity.

  • Organizational Affiliation

    Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06511.


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Entity ID: 3
MoleculeChains Sequence LengthOrganismDetailsImage
Glucocorticoid receptorC [auth A],
D [auth B]
92Rattus norvegicusMutation(s): 0 
Gene Names: NR3C1 OR GRL
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UniProt GroupP06536
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Experimental Data & Validation

Experimental Data

  • Resolution: 3.00 Å
  • Space Group: P 21 21 21
Unit Cell:
Length ( Å )Angle ( ˚ )
a = 38.5α = 90
b = 99.7β = 90
c = 121.9γ = 90
Software Package:
Software NamePurpose
DENZOdata reduction
SCALEPACKdata scaling
X-PLORmodel building

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  • Version 1.0: 2003-10-28
    Type: Initial release
  • Version 1.1: 2008-04-29
    Changes: Version format compliance
  • Version 1.2: 2011-07-13
    Changes: Version format compliance
  • Version 1.3: 2023-08-23
    Changes: Data collection, Database references, Derived calculations, Refinement description