Journal article

A model for the activation of the epidermal growth factor receptor kinase involvement of an asymmetric dimer?

LC Groenen, F Walker, AW Burgess, HR Treutlein

Biochemistry | Published : 1997


The binding of epidermal growth factor (EGF) to its receptor leads to receptor dimerization, which activates the intracellular kinase domain. Homology models of the inactive and active forms of the EGF-receptor kinase domains have been derived, and these models suggest that the active form can be stabilized by the interaction of helix C and the surrounding area in one receptor monomer with one of two possible complementary surfaces on a second receptor monomer. Both hydrophobic interaction sites are strongly conserved within the EGF-receptor family but not in other tyrosine kinases. Two of the three predicted kinase dimers are symmetric; the other is asymmetric and is predicted to contain on..

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