Journal article

Ecdysone Receptors: From the Ashburner Model to Structural Biology

Ronald J Hill, Isabelle ML Billas, Francois Bonneton, Lloyd D Graham, Michael C Lawrence, MR Berenbaum (ed.)

ANNUAL REVIEW OF ENTOMOLOGY, VOL 58 | ANNUAL REVIEWS | Published : 2013

Abstract

In 1974, Ashburner and colleagues postulated a model to explain the control of the puffing sequence on Drosophila polytene chromosomes initiated by the molting hormone 20-hydroxyecdysone. This model inspired a generation of molecular biologists to clone and characterize elements of the model, thereby providing insights into the control of gene networks by steroids, diatomic gases, and other small molecules. It led to the first cloning of the EcR subunit of the heterodimeric EcR-USP ecdysone receptor. X-ray diffraction studies of the ligand-binding domain of the receptor are elucidating the specificity of receptor-ecdysteroid interactions, the selectivity of some environmentally friendly inse..

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