Point mutations within a dimer interface homology domain of c-Mpl induce constitutive receptor activity and tumorigenicity.
WS Alexander, D Metcalf, AR Dunn
EMBO J | Published : 1995
c-Mpl, a receptor for thrombopoietin (TPO), belongs to the haemopoietin/cytokine receptor superfamily, a group of cell surface molecules characterized by conserved sequence motifs within their ligand binding domains. A recurring mechanism for the activation of haemopoietin receptors is the formation of functional complexes by receptor subunit oligomerization. Within the growth hormone receptor, a cluster of extracellular amino acids forms a dimer interface domain that stabilizes ligand-induced homodimers. This domain appears to be functionally conserved in the erythropoietin (EPO) receptor because substitution of cysteines for residues in the analogous region causes EPO-independent receptor ..View full abstract