Average structure of the interferon-binding ectodomain of the human type I interferon receptor

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  • Method: SOLUTION NMR
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The human type I interferon receptor. NMR structure reveals the molecular basis of ligand binding.

Chill, J.H.Quadt, S.R.Levy, R.Schreiber, G.Anglister, J.

(2003) Structure 11: 791-802

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/s0969-2126(03)00120-5
  • Primary Citation of Related Structures:  
    1N6U, 1N6V

  • PubMed Abstract: 

    The potent antiviral and antiproliferative activities of human type I interferons (IFNs) are mediated by a single receptor comprising two subunits, IFNAR1 and IFNAR2. The structure of the IFNAR2 IFN binding ectodomain (IFNAR2-EC), the first helical cytokine receptor structure determined in solution, reveals the molecular basis for IFN binding. The atypical perpendicular orientation of its two fibronectin domains explains the lack of C domain involvement in ligand binding. A model of the IFNAR2-EC/IFNalpha2 complex based on double mutant cycle-derived constraints uncovers an extensive and predominantly aliphatic hydrophobic patch on the receptor that interacts with a matching hydrophobic surface of IFNalpha2. An adjacent motif of alternating charged side chains guides the two proteins into a tight complex. The binding interface may account for crossreactivity and ligand specificity of the receptor. This molecular description of IFN binding should be invaluable for study and design of IFN-based biomedical agents.

  • Organizational Affiliation

    Department of Structural Biology, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100, Israel.

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Interferon-alpha/beta receptor beta chain212Homo sapiensMutation(s): 0 
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  • Version 1.0: 2003-07-15
    Type: Initial release
  • Version 1.1: 2008-04-28
    Changes: Version format compliance
  • Version 1.2: 2011-07-13
    Changes: Version format compliance
  • Version 1.3: 2022-02-23
    Changes: Data collection, Database references, Derived calculations