Basic residues are important for Ca2+/calmodulin binding and activation but not autoinhibition of rabbit skeletal muscle myosin light chain kinase

B. P. Herring

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Abstract

Several allosterically modulated protein kinases have been shown to be regulated by an autoinhibitory domain located within the kinase molecules. The inhibitory domain has been proposed to act as a ''pseudosubstrate'' inhibitor binding to the substrate binding site of the kinase, thereby blocking the binding of the enzyme's true substrate. In this report, site-directed mutagenesis has been used to further investigate the mechanism of activation of the inhibitory domain of rabbit skeletal muscle myosin light chain kinase. Basic residues within the pseudosubstrate domain (572-573, 577-579, 580-581), which are analogous to the important substrate determinants of the myosin light chain, were found not to be required in order to maintain the kinase in an inhibited state. Two groups of these residues (577-579 and 581-582) were, however, found to be important for high affinity calmodulin binding to the kinase. These data suggest that the autoinhibitory domain of myosin light chain kinase may not function by directly mimicking the light chain substrate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11838-11841
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume266
Issue number18
StatePublished - Nov 5 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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