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FEBS Lett. 2001 Jun 15;499(1-2):65-8.

Model of interaction of the IL-1 receptor accessory protein IL-1RAcP with the IL-1beta/IL-1R(I) complex.

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Laboratory of Biocomputing, University of Bologna, Italy.


A preliminary model has been calculated for the activating interaction of the interleukin 1 receptor (IL-1R) accessory protein IL-1RAcP with the ligand/receptor complex IL-1beta/IL-1R(I). First, IL-1RAcP was modeled on the crystal structure of IL-1R(I) bound to IL-1beta. Then, the IL-1RAcP model was docked using specific programs to the crystal structure of the IL-1beta/IL-1R(I) complex. Two types of models were predicted, with comparable probability. Experimental data obtained with the use of IL-1beta peptides and antibodies, and with mutated IL-1beta proteins, support the BACK model, in which IL-1RAcP establishes contacts with the back of IL-1R(I) wrapped around IL-1beta.

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