Neutrophil-activating protein-2 (NAP-2) is a 72 residue protein demonstrating a range of proinflammatory activities. The solution structure of monomeric NAP-2 has been investigated by two-dimensional 1H-n.m.r. spectroscopy. Sequence-specific proton resonance assignments have been made and secondary structural elements have been identified on the basis of nuclear Overhauser data, coupling constants and amide hydrogen/deuteron exchange. The NAP-2 monomer consists of a triple-stranded anti-parallel beta-sheet arranged in a ‘Greek key’ and a C-terminal helix (residues 59-70) and is very similar to that found in the n.m.r. solution conformation of dimeric interleukin-8 and the crystal structure of tetrameric bovine platelet factor-4. Results are discussed in terms of heparin binding and neutrophil-activation properties of NAP-2.

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