The solution conformation of the second loop fragment of human EGF, [Ala20]EGF(14–31), was determined using two‐dimensional NMR homonuclear Hartmann–Hahn and rotating frame nuclear Overhauser enhancement spectroscopy. The results are compared with the conformation of the second loop fragment of human TGF‐α, [Ala21] TGF‐α(16–32), and with that of the second loop of intact EGF. Comparison of the two experimentally determined structures of the second loop fragments shows significant differences in the turn regions of each peptide. For the EGF fragment, hydrophobic side chain groups protrude away from the ring, whereas for the TGF‐α fragment hydrophilic groups are directed away from the ring. Although these turn regions represent the putative receptor binding sites, neither second loop fragment binds to the EGF receptor. The biological activity is discussed in terms of the conformational differences found for the two second loop fragments.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Molecular Recognition|
|State||Published - Jun 1988|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Structural Biology
- Molecular Biology