Ligand-induced conformational changes allosterically activate Toll-like receptor 9
Sirois, Cherilyn M.
Klein, Dionne C. G.
Monks, Brian G.
McKnight, C. James
Lamphier, Marc S.
Duprex, W. Paul
Golenbock, Douglas T.
Student AuthorsCherilyn M. Sirois
UMass Chan AffiliationsDepartment of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology
Document TypeJournal Article
KeywordsAllosteric Regulation; Cell Line; CpG Islands; Humans; Ligands; Oligodeoxyribonucleotides; Protein Binding; Protein Conformation; Toll-Like Receptor 9
Immunology and Infectious Disease
Medicine and Health Sciences
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AbstractMicrobial and synthetic DNA rich in CpG dinucleotides stimulates Toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9), whereas DNA lacking CpG either is inert or can inhibit TLR9 activation. The molecular mechanisms by which TLR9 becomes activated or is inhibited are not well understood. Here we show that TLR9 bound to stimulatory and inhibitory DNA; however, only stimulatory DNA led to substantial conformational changes in the TLR9 ectodomain. In the steady state, 'inactive' TLR9 homodimers formed in an inactivated conformation. Binding of DNA containing CpG, but not of DNA lacking CpG, to TLR9 dimers resulted in allosteric changes in the TLR9 cytoplasmic signaling domains. In endosomes, conformational changes induced by DNA containing CpG resulted in close apposition of the cytoplasmic signaling domains, a change that is probably required for the recruitment of signaling adaptor molecules. Our results indicate that the formation of TLR9 dimers is not sufficient for its activation but instead that TLR9 activation is regulated by conformational changes induced by DNA containing CpG.
SourceNat Immunol. 2007 Jul;8(7):772-9. Epub 2007 Jun 17. Link to article on publisher's site
Permanent Link to this Itemhttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14038/33774
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