Nicolas A Morrice

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The mass spectrometric analysis of protein phosphorylation is still far from being routine, and the outcomes thereof are often unsatisfying. Apart from the inherent problem of substoichiometric phosphorylation, three arguments as to why phosphorylation analysis is so problematic are often quoted, including (a) increased hydrophilicity of the phosphopeptide(More)
The RNA helicases p68 and p72 are highly related members of the DEAD box family of proteins, sharing 90% identity across the conserved core, and have been shown to be involved in both transcription and mRNA processing. We previously showed that these proteins co-localise in the nucleus of interphase cells. In this study we show that p68 and p72 can interact(More)
LKB1 was discovered as a tumour suppressor mutated in Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, and is a gene involved in cell polarity as well as an upstream protein kinase for members of the AMP-activated protein kinase family. We report that mammals express two splice variants caused by alternate usage of 3'-exons. LKB1(L) is the previously described form, while LKB1(S)(More)
Sprouty2 is a feedback regulator that controls the Ras/Raf/MEK/extracellular signal-regulated kinase mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway at multiple levels, one way being through direct interaction with Raf kinases. Consistent with a role as a tumor suppressor, Sprouty2 expression is often down-regulated in human cancers. However, Sprouty2 is(More)
Three (1----4)-beta-D-xylan xylanohydrolases (xylan endohydrolases, EC 3.2.1.8) have been purified 1200-2800-fold from extracts of germinated barley (Hordeum vulgare L. cv. Clipper) by a sequence of ammonium sulphate fractionation, Procion-blue-dye chromatography, ion-exchange and gel filtration chromatography. The enzymes are likely to function in the(More)
Proteolysis of the smooth muscle myosin-light-chain kinase with either thermolysin or endoproteinase Lys-C cleaves the enzyme towards the amino-terminus between the first and second unc domains, unc-II-1 and unc-II-2, and in the calmodulin-binding domain. The thermolytic fragment extends 532 residues from Ser275 to Ala806 and is resistant to further(More)
A homologue of human protein kinase C (PKC)-related kinase-2, PRK2, which had previously escaped identification in normal mammalian tissues, was isolated from rat liver as the protease-activated kinase (PAK) originally named PAK-2. The 130-kDa cytosolic enzyme was purified to homogeneity and shown by tryptic peptide and reverse transcriptase- polymerase(More)
During the assembly of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I molecules transient associations are formed with the endoplasmic reticulum resident chaperones calnexin and calreticulin, ERp57 oxidoreductase, and also with tapasin, the latter mediating binding of the class I molecules to the transporter associated with antigen processing (TAP). We(More)
c-Myb function is modulated in part by a negative regulation domain which encompasses a leucine zipper (LZ). When E. coli-expressed c-Myb with wild type or mutated LZ proteins are assessed for DNA binding activity, the mutant form is substantially better at DNA binding than the wild type (WT) form. In contrast, the DNA binding activity of the WT protein is(More)
A cardiolipin- and protease-activated protein kinase (PAK) has been isolated from cytoplasmic extracts of rat liver. The enzyme (PAK-1) phosphorylates the ribosomal protein S6-(229-239) peptide analogue and can be activated by limited proteolysis. Partial amino acid sequences of tryptic peptides derived from both the purified 116-kDa PAK-1 holoenzyme and(More)