Identification and primary structure of calmodulin binding domains in the phosphorylase kinase holoenzyme

Peter James, Philip Cohen, Ernesto Carafoli

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    Fast twitch skeletal muscle phosphorylase kinase was isolated and incubated with a radioactive, bifunctional, photoactivable, and cleavable cross-linker conjugated to calmodulin. Incubation of the holoenzyme only resulted in the labeling of the α-subunit in the presence of Ca2+. After cleavage with CNBr (and subdigestion with Asp-N protease), a sequence was identified (residues 1069-1087) in the α-subunit which had the predominant basic character and the propensity to form an amphiphilic helix like other calmodulin binding domains. If cross-linked calmodulin was incubated with the isolated subunits of phosphorylase kinase, radioactivity was recovered in seven CNBr peptides: three came from the α-subunits, one of them corresponding to the sequence labeled in the holoenzyme. Three came from the β-subunit, and one came from the γ-subunit. The latter contained the two adjacent calmodulin binding domains recently identified in the γ-subunit (Dasgupta, M., Honeycutt, T., and Blumenthal, D. K. (1988) J. Biol. Chem. 264, 17156-17163).

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)7087-7091
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1991

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Biochemistry


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