IGF-I receptor is a disulfide-linked heterotetrameric transmembrane protein consisting of two alpha and two beta subunits. Both the alpha and beta subunits are encoded within a single receptor precursor cDNA. The proreceptor polypeptide is proteolytically cleaved and disulfide-linked to yield the mature heterotetrameric receptor. The alpha subunit of IGF-I receptor is extracellular while the beta subunit has an extracellular domain, a transmembrane domain and a cytoplasmic tyrosine kinase domain. The IGF-I receptor is highly expressed in all cell types and tissues.
The heterotetrameric receptors for insulin (INS R) and IGF-I (IGF-I R) are receptor tyrosine kinases that consist of two ligandbinding alpha subunits and two beta subunits. Ligand binding induces autophosphorylation on multiple tyrosine residues of beta subunits. Phosphorylation of Tyr1162 and 1163 on INS R and Tyr1135 and 1136 on IGF-I R stimulates intrinsic kinase activity.