Catherine C. Allende

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Protein kinase CK2 (also known as casein kinase II) is a ubiquitous eukaryotic ser/thr protein kinase present in the nucleus and cytoplasm. CK2 is known to phosphorylate more than 100 substrates, many of which are involved in the control of cell division and in signal transduction. The review centers on the structure and function of CK2 alpha and beta(More)
Protein kinase CK2 is a ubiquitous eukaryotic ser/thr protein kinase. The active holoenzyme is a heterotetrameric protein composed of catalytic (alpha and alpha') and regulatory (beta) subunits that phosphorylates many different protein substrates and appears to be involved in the regulation of cell division. Despite important structural studies, the(More)
Using a lambda gt10 cDNA library obtained from Xenopus laevis oocytes and probes derived from the known sequences of the human and Drosophila genes, a cDNA coding for the alpha-subunit of the X. laevis casein kinase II was isolated. The coding sequence of this clone determines a polypeptide of 350 amino acids. The X. laevis sequence is 98% identical to the(More)
The protein kinase CK2 is constituted by two catalytic (alpha and/or alpha') and two regulatory (beta) subunits. CK2 phosphorylates more than 300 proteins with important functions in the cell cycle. This study has looked at the relation between CK2 and p27(KIP1), which is a regulator of the cell cycle and a known inhibitor of cyclin-dependent kinases (Cdk).(More)
Protein kinase CK1, also known as casein kinase 1, participates in the phosphorylation of beta-catenin, which regulates the functioning of the Wnt signaling cascade involved in embryogenesis and carcinogenesis. beta-catenin phosphorylation occurs in a multiprotein complex assembled on the scaffold protein axin. The interaction of CK1alpha from Danio rerio(More)
The protein kinase casein kinase 2 (CK2) is ubiquitous in eukaryotic cells and is apparently involved in the control of cell division. The holoenzyme is a tetramer composed of two catalytic subunits (alpha and/or alpha') and regulatory subunits (beta 2). The alpha and alpha' subunits are encoded by different genes but are very similar in amino acid(More)
Protein kinase CK2 (casein kinase 2) is a ubiquitous Ser/Thr protein kinase involved in cell proliferation. Mutation of the alpha subunit of the Xenopus laevis CK2 to change aspartic acid 156 to alanine (CK2alphaA156) resulted in an inactive enzyme. The CK2alphaA156 mutant, however, binds the regulatory subunit as measured by retention of beta on a nickel(More)
Protein kinase CK2 (also known as casein kinase 2) has catalytic (alpha, alpha') and regulatory (beta) subunits. The role of carboxyl amino acids in positions from 324 to 328 was studied for Xenopus laevis CK2alpha. Deletions and mutations of these residues were produced in recombinant CK2alpha, which was assayed for kinase activity. Activity dropped(More)
The recombinant alpha subunit of protein kinase CK2 (casein kinase 2) from Xenopus laevis is inhibited by the addition of single stranded or double stranded DNA. This inhibition is competitive with the casein substrate, having an apparent Ki of 160 nM for an 86 bp DNA fragment. Assays with a fragment containing the putative promoter of the human CK2 beta(More)
Two inhibitors of cyclic AMP phosphodiesterase (3':5'-cyclic-AMP 5'-nucleotidohydrolase, EC 3.1.4.17), theophylline and papaverine, inhibit the maturation of Xenopus laevis oocytes induced by four different stimuli: human chorionic gonadotropin, progesterone, testosterone, and lanthanum ions. Addition of 1 mM cyclic AMP to the medium delays maturation by(More)