Dual Mechanism of Interleukin-3 Receptor Blockade by an Anti-Cancer Antibody

Sophie E. Broughton, Timothy R. Hercus, Matthew P. Hardy, Barbara J. McClure, Tracy L. Nero, Mara Dottore, Huy Huynh, Hal Braley, Emma F. Barry, Winnie L. Kan, Urmi Dhagat, Pierre Scotney, Dallas Hartman, Samantha J. Busfield, Catherine M. Owczarek, Andrew D. Nash, Nicholas J. Wilson, Michael W. Parker, Angel F. Lopez

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Interleukin-3 (IL-3) is an activated Tcell product that bridges innate and adaptive immunity and contributes to several immunopathologies. Here, we report the crystal structure of the IL-3 receptor α chain (IL3Rα) in complex with the anti-leukemia antibody CSL362 that reveals the N-terminal domain (NTD), a domain also present in the granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF), IL-5, and IL-13 receptors, adopting unique "open" and classical "closed" conformations. Although extensive mutational analyses of the NTD epitope of CSL362 show minor overlap with the IL-3 binding site, CSL362 only inhibits IL-3 binding to the closed conformation, indicating alternative mechanisms for blocking IL-3 signaling. Significantly, whereas "open-like" IL3Rα mutants can simultaneously bind IL-3 and CSL362, CSL362 still prevents the assembly of a higher-order IL-3 receptor-signaling complex. The discovery of open forms of cytokine receptors provides the framework for development of potent antibodies that can achieve a "double hit" cytokine receptor blockade.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)410-419
Number of pages10
JournalCell Reports
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jul 2014

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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Broughton, S. E., Hercus, T. R., Hardy, M. P., McClure, B. J., Nero, T. L., Dottore, M., ... Lopez, A. F. (2014). Dual Mechanism of Interleukin-3 Receptor Blockade by an Anti-Cancer Antibody. Cell Reports, 8(2), 410-419. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2014.06.038