Title

Multimerization and interaction of Toll and Spatzle in Drosophila

UMMS Affiliation

Program in Molecular Medicine; Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology

Date

6-16-2004

Document Type

Article

Subjects

Animals; Animals, Genetically Modified; Antifungal Agents; Cloning, Molecular; Cysteine; Disulfides; Drosophila; Drosophila Proteins; Kinetics; Macromolecular Substances; Mutagenesis, Site-Directed; Receptors, Cell Surface; Recombinant Proteins; Sequence Deletion; Toll-Like Receptors

Disciplines

Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences

Abstract

The Toll family of receptors is required for innate immune response to pathogen-associated molecules, but the mechanism of signaling is not entirely clear. In Drosophila the prototypic Toll regulates both embryonic development and adult immune response. We demonstrate here that the host protein Spatzle can function as a ligand for Toll because Spatzle forms a complex with Toll in transgenic fly extracts and stimulates the expression of a Toll-dependent immunity gene, drosomycin, in adult flies. We also show that constitutively active mutants of Toll form multimers that contain intermolecular disulfide linkages. These disulfide linkages are critical for the activity of one of these mutant receptors, indicating that multimerization is essential for the constitutive activity. Furthermore, systematic mutational analysis revealed that a conserved cysteine-containing motif, different from the cysteines used for the intermolecular disulfide linkages, serves as a self-inhibitory module of Toll. Deleting or mutating this cysteine-containing motif leads to constitutive activity. This motif is located just outside the transmembrane domain and may provide a structural hindrance for multimerization and activation of Toll. Together, our results suggest that multimerization may be a regulated, essential step for Toll-receptor activation.

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Citation: Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2004 Jun 22;101(25):9369-74. Epub 2004 Jun 14. Link to article on publisher's site

DOI of Published Version

10.1073/pnas.0307062101

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Journal Title

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

PubMed ID

15197269