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Ecdysteroids coordinate development, reproduction and other essential biological processes in insects and other arthropods through the receptor which is a heterodimer of two members of the nuclear receptors superfamily, the ecdysteroid receptor (EcR) and the Ultraspiracle (Usp). Although the transcriptionally active EcR/Usp heterocomplex is believed to be(More)
The heterodimer of the ecdysone receptor (EcR) and ultraspiracle (Usp), members of the nuclear receptors superfamily, is considered as the functional receptor for ecdysteroids initiating molting and metamorphosis in insects. Here we report the 1.95 A structure of the complex formed by the DNA-binding domains (DBDs) the EcR and the Usp, bound to the natural(More)
Ecdysteroids coordinate essential biological processes in Drosophila through a complex of two nuclear receptors, the ecdysteroid receptor (EcR) and the ultraspiracle protein (Usp). Biochemical experiments have shown that, in contrast to Usp, the EcR molecule is characterized by high intramolecular plasticity. To investigate whether this plasticity is(More)
The heterodimer of the ecdysone receptor (EcR) and ultraspiracle (Usp), members of the nuclear receptor superfamily, is considered to be functional receptor for the ecdysteroids that coordinate essential biological processes in insects. In this work we have applied a bimolecular fluorescence complementation (BiFC) method to directly analyze the formation of(More)
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