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J Biol Chem. 1995 Oct 13;270(41):24604-8.

Binding of Neu differentiation factor with the extracellular domain of Her2 and Her3.

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  • 1Amgen Inc., Amgen Center, Thousand Oaks, California 91320, USA.


The interaction of neu differentiation factor (NDF) with the extracellular domains of Her2 (sHer2) and Her3 (sHer3) have been studied using native gels, light scattering, and sedimentation equilibrium. The full-length NDF beta 2 was shown to bind sHer3 with a dissociation constant of 26 +/- 9 nM, while it showed a 1000-fold weaker binding to sHer2. Taken together, these results demonstrate that NDF is a high affinity ligand for Her3, but not for Her2. No increase in affinity of the NDF beta 2 for sHer3 was observed upon addition of sHer2 to the NDF beta 2-sHer3 mixture. Binding of NDF beta 2 to sHer3 did not induce receptor dimerization or oligomerization, the stoichiometry being one sHer3 per one NDF molecule. This finding suggests that transmembrane and/or intracellular domains of receptor family members or perhaps additional unidentified components may be involved in NDF induced dimerization and autophosphorylation, or alternatively, that dimerization is not the mechanism for Her3 autophosphorylation and signal transduction.

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