Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1989 Dec;86(24):9667-71.

Crystallographic refinement of interleukin 1 beta at 2.0 A resolution.

Author information

  • 1Pharmaceuticals Research Division, CIBA-Geigy Ltd., Basel, Switzerland.


The structure of human recombinant interleukin 1 beta (IL-1 beta) has been refined by a restrained least-squares method to a crystallographic R factor of 17.2% to 2.0 A resolution. One-hundred sixty-eight solvent molecules have been located, and isotropic temperature factors for each atom have been refined. The overall structure is composed of 12 beta-strands that can best be described as forming the four triangular faces of a tetrahedron with hydrogen bonding resembling normal antiparallel beta-sheets only at the vertices. The interior of this tetrahedron is filled by hydrophobic side chains. Analysis of sequence alignments with IL-1 beta from other mammalian species shows the interior to be very well conserved with the exterior residues markedly less so. There does not appear to be a clustering of invariant amino acid side chains on the surface of the molecule, suggesting an area of interaction with the IL-1 receptor. Comparison of the IL-1 beta structure with IL-1 alpha sequences indicates that IL-1 alpha probably has a similar overall folding as IL-1 beta but binds to the receptor in a different fashion. The three-dimensional structure of the IL-1 beta is analyzed in light of what has been suggested by previously published work on mutants and fragments of the molecule.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for HighWire Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk