EGFR L858R/T790M in complex with PD168393

Experimental Data Snapshot

  • Resolution: 4.00 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.257 
  • R-Value Work: 0.238 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.238 

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Mechanism for activation of mutated epidermal growth factor receptors in lung cancer.

Red Brewer, M.Yun, C.H.Lai, D.Lemmon, M.A.Eck, M.J.Pao, W.

(2013) Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 110: E3595-E3604

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1220050110
  • Primary Citation of Related Structures:  

  • PubMed Abstract: 

    The initiation of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) kinase activity proceeds via an asymmetric dimerization mechanism in which a "donor" tyrosine kinase domain (TKD) contacts an "acceptor" TKD, leading to its activation. In the context of a ligand-induced dimer, identical wild-type EGFR TKDs are thought to assume the donor or acceptor roles in a random manner. Here, we present biochemical reconstitution data demonstrating that activated EGFR mutants found in lung cancer preferentially assume the acceptor role when coexpressed with WT EGFR. Mutated EGFRs show enhanced association with WT EGFR, leading to hyperphosphorylation of the WT counterpart. Mutated EGFRs also hyperphosphorylate the related erythroblastic leukemia viral oncogene (ErbB) family member, ErbB-2, in a similar manner. This directional "superacceptor activity" is particularly pronounced in the drug-resistant L834R/T766M mutant. A 4-Å crystal structure of this mutant in the active conformation reveals an asymmetric dimer interface that is essentially the same as that in WT EGFR. Asymmetric dimer formation induces an allosteric conformational change in the acceptor subunit. Thus, superacceptor activity likely arises simply from a lower energetic cost associated with this conformational change in the mutant EGFR compared with WT, rather than from any structural alteration that impairs the donor role of the mutant. Collectively, these findings define a previously unrecognized mode of mutant-specific intermolecular regulation for ErbB receptors, knowledge of which could potentially be exploited for therapeutic benefit.

  • Organizational Affiliation

    Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37232.

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Entity ID: 1
MoleculeChains Sequence LengthOrganismDetailsImage
Epidermal growth factor receptor
A, B
331Homo sapiensMutation(s): 2 
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Go to UniProtKB:  P00533
GTEx:  ENSG00000146648 
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UniProt GroupP00533
Sequence Annotations
  • Reference Sequence
Small Molecules
Ligands 1 Unique
IDChains Name / Formula / InChI Key2D Diagram3D Interactions
Query on YUN

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C [auth A],
D [auth B]
C17 H15 Br N4 O
Binding Affinity Annotations 
IDSourceBinding Affinity
YUN BindingDB:  4LL0 IC50: min: 0.1, max: 360 (nM) from 4 assay(s)
Experimental Data & Validation

Experimental Data

  • Resolution: 4.00 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.257 
  • R-Value Work: 0.238 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.238 
  • Space Group: P 21 21 21
Unit Cell:
Length ( Å )Angle ( ˚ )
a = 61.64α = 90
b = 72.71β = 90
c = 167.03γ = 90
Software Package:
Software NamePurpose
ADSCdata collection
HKL-2000data reduction
HKL-2000data scaling

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Revision History  (Full details and data files)

  • Version 1.0: 2013-09-11
    Type: Initial release
  • Version 1.1: 2013-10-09
    Changes: Database references
  • Version 1.2: 2023-09-20
    Changes: Data collection, Database references, Derived calculations, Refinement description