An analysis of the substrate specificity of insulin-stimulated protein kinase-1, a mammalian homologue of S6 kinase-II

Arianna Donella-Deana, Alain Lavoinne, Oriano Marin, Lorenzo A. Pinna, Philip Cohen

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    The specificity determinants for insulin-stimulated protein kinase-I (ISPK-1) have been investigated with synthetic peptides based on naturally-occurring protein phosphoacceptor sequences. Peptides (Arg-Arg-Xaa-Ser-Xaa) that fulfill the consensus sequence for cyclic-AMP-dependent protein kinase (PK-A) are also phosphorylated readily by ISPK-1. The phosphorylation efficiency is improved by increasing the number of N-terminal arginine residues and by moving the arginyl cluster one residue further away from the serine, the nonapeptide (Arg)4-Ala-Ala-Ser-Val-Ala being the best substrate among all the short peptides tested (Km = 15 μM). Conversely, the substitution of either Thr for Ser or Lys for Arg is detrimental. Likewise, two flanking Pro residues and an Arg immediately N-terminal to the Ser act as negative specificity determinants. While the specificity of ISPK-1 shows several similarities to that of PK-A, including an absolute requirement for basic residues on the N-terminal side of the target Ser, it differs in several other respects including (1), the detrimental effect of a Lys for Arg substitution which is still compatible with some phosphorylation by ISPK-1, but not PK-A; (2), the presence of C-terminal acidic residues which are tolerated very well by ISPK-1, but are detrimental to PK-A; (3), the effect of substituting Phe for Val in the peptide Arg-Arg-Ala-Ser-Val-Ala, which improves the efficiency of phosphorylation by PK-A (lowering the Km 4-fold), but has no effect on phosphorylation by ISPK-1. These differences in peptide substrate specificity may account in part for the different rates of phosphorylation of physiological substrates for ISPK-1 and PK-A, such as the G subunit of protein phosphatase-1.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)189-193
    Number of pages5
    JournalBBA - Molecular Cell Research
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 1993


    • cyclic-AMP-dependent protein kinase
    • Growth factor
    • Insulin
    • Protein kinase
    • Ribosomal protein
    • Ribosomal protein S6

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Molecular Biology
    • Cell Biology


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