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This structural/biochemical study provides compelling evidence that the epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor kinase domain is activated through formation of an asymmetric dimer, in which the C-lobe of one kinase domain impinges on the N-lobe of the other kinase domain, activating the latter.

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New York University School of Medicine, USA

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Pfizer Inc., USA

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