Journal article

Solution structure of prosurvival Mcl-1 and characterization of its binding by proapoptotic BH3-only ligands

CL Day, L Chen, SJ Richardson, PJ Harrison, DCS Huang, MG Hinds

Journal of Biological Chemistry | AMER SOC BIOCHEMISTRY MOLECULAR BIOLOGY INC | Published : 2005


The B cell lymphoma-2 (Bcl-2) homologs myeloid cell leukemia-1 (Mcl-1) and A1 are prosurvival factors that selectively bind a subset of proapoptotic Bcl homology (BH) 3-only proteins. To investigate the molecular basis of the selectivity, we determined the solution structure of the C-terminal Bcl-2-like domain of Mcl-1. This domain shares features expected of a prosurvival Bcl-2 protein, having a helical fold centered on a core hydrophobic helix and a surface-exposed hydrophobic groove for binding its cognate partners. A number of residues in the binding groove differentiate Mcl-1 from its homologs, and in contrast to other Bcl-2 homologs, Mcl-1 has a binding groove in a conformation interme..

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