Encyclopedia of Cancer

Living Edition
| Editors: Manfred Schwab

Decoy Receptor

  • Manfred SchwabEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27841-9_6693-2


Decoy receptors recognize certain growth factors (such as vascular endothelial growth factor) or cytokines with high affinity and specificity but are structurally incapable of signaling or presenting the agonist to signaling receptor complexes. They act as a molecular trap for the agonist and for signaling receptor components. A decoy receptor, or sink receptor, is a receptor that binds a ligand, inhibiting it from binding to its normal receptor. For instance, the receptor VEGFR-1 can prevent vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) from binding to the VEGFR-2.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)HeidelbergGermany