The type III receptor for transforming growth factor beta (TGFβ), which exhibits no kinase activity, binds TGFβ1 and TGFβ2 and is involved in assembly and activity of the multi-subunit TGFβ signal transduction complex. Recently we showed that TGFβ receptor type III (TβRIII) can participate in a complex composed of the dimeric TGFβ ligand and a type III, II, and I receptor subunit. The interaction of the TβRIII subunit with TβRII is TGFβ-dependent, whereas interaction with TβRI is TGFβ-independent. Here we use coexpression of the three types of TGFβ receptors in baculoviral- infected insect cells to determine which parts of the unglycosylated TβRIII receptor participate in the binding of TGFβ, the TGFβ-dependent interaction with TβRII and the TGFβ-independent interaction with TβRI. The results suggest that the first 500 amino acid residues in the aminoterminal portion of TβRIII exhibit all three properties.
|In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology - Animal
|Published - 1998
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