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1du3, resolution 2.20Å ()
Related: 1d0g, 1d4v
Resources: FirstGlance, OCA, RCSB, PDBsum
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Crystal structure of TRAIL-SDR5

Publication Abstract from PubMed

TRAIL is a cytokine that induces apoptosis in a wide variety of tumor cells but rarely in normal cells. It contains an extraordinarily elongated loop because of an unique insertion of 12-16 amino acids compared with the other members of tumor necrosis factor family. Biological implication of the frame insertion has not been clarified. We have determined the crystal structure of TRAIL in a complex with the extracellular domain of death receptor DR5 at 2.2 A resolution. The structure reveals extensive contacts between the elongated loop and DR5 in an interaction mode that would not be allowed without the frame insertion. These interactions are missing in the structures of the complex determined by others recently. This observation, along with structure-inspired deletion analysis, identifies the critical role of the frame insertion as a molecular strategy conferring specificity upon the recognition of cognate receptors. The structure also suggests that a built-in flexibility of the tumor necrosis factor receptor family members is likely to play a general and important role in the binding and recognition of tumor necrosis factor family members.

Crystal structure of TRAIL-DR5 complex identifies a critical role of the unique frame insertion in conferring recognition specificity., Cha SS, Sung BJ, Kim YA, Song YL, Kim HJ, Kim S, Lee MS, Oh BH, J Biol Chem. 2000 Oct 6;275(40):31171-7. PMID:10893238

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[TR10B_HUMAN] Defects in TNFRSF10B may be a cause of head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC) [MIM:275355]; also known as squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck.


[TR10B_HUMAN] Receptor for the cytotoxic ligand TNFSF10/TRAIL. The adapter molecule FADD recruits caspase-8 to the activated receptor. The resulting death-inducing signaling complex (DISC) performs caspase-8 proteolytic activation which initiates the subsequent cascade of caspases (aspartate-specific cysteine proteases) mediating apoptosis. Promotes the activation of NF-kappa-B. Essential for ER stress-induced apoptosis.[1] [TNF10_HUMAN] Cytokine that binds to TNFRSF10A/TRAILR1, TNFRSF10B/TRAILR2, TNFRSF10C/TRAILR3, TNFRSF10D/TRAILR4 and possibly also to TNFRSF11B/OPG. Induces apoptosis. Its activity may be modulated by binding to the decoy receptors TNFRSF10C/TRAILR3, TNFRSF10D/TRAILR4 and TNFRSF11B/OPG that cannot induce apoptosis.

About this Structure

1du3 is a 12 chain structure with sequence from Homo sapiens. Full crystallographic information is available from OCA.


  • Cha SS, Sung BJ, Kim YA, Song YL, Kim HJ, Kim S, Lee MS, Oh BH. Crystal structure of TRAIL-DR5 complex identifies a critical role of the unique frame insertion in conferring recognition specificity. J Biol Chem. 2000 Oct 6;275(40):31171-7. PMID:10893238 doi:10.1074/jbc.M004414200
  1. Yamaguchi H, Wang HG. CHOP is involved in endoplasmic reticulum stress-induced apoptosis by enhancing DR5 expression in human carcinoma cells. J Biol Chem. 2004 Oct 29;279(44):45495-502. Epub 2004 Aug 18. PMID:15322075 doi:10.1074/jbc.M406933200

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