College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Structural biology of therapeutic targets in the TNF receptor superfamily

May 12, Tue 2009
1:00 pm, MRB 200 Conference Room

Dr. Sarah Hymowitz

Senior Scientist: Structural Biology, Genentech

OX40 is a T cell costimulator activated by OX40L. Blockade of the OX40L-OX40 interaction has ameliorative effects in animal models of T cell pathologies. In order to better understand the interaction between OX40 and OX40L, we have determined the crystal structure of murine OX40L and of the human OX40-OX40L complex at 1.45 and 2.4 A, respectively. These structures show that OX40L is an unusually small member of the tumor necrosis factor superfamily (TNFSF). The arrangement of the OX40L protomersforming the functional trimer is atypical and differs from that of other members by a 15 degrees rotation of each protomer with respect to the trimer axis, resulting in an open assembly. Site-directed changes of the interfacial residues of OX40L suggest this interface lacks a single "hot spot" and that instead, binding energy is dispersed over at least two distinct areas. These structures demonstrate the structural plasticity of TNFSF members and their interactions with receptors.


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