Association of calcium/calmodulin-dependent kinase with cytoskeletal preparations: phosphorylation of tubulin, neurofilament, and microtubule-associated proteins.

Abstract

Calcium and calmodulin have been implicated in the regulation of cytoskeletal function. In this report, we demonstrate that microtubule preparations from rat brain contain a calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase that phosphorylates endogenous MAP-2, tubulin, synapsin I, and neurofilament proteins. This cytoskeletal-associated kinase has been biochemically characterized and shown to be identical to Type II calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase (CaM kinase II). The subunits of CaM kinase II represented major calmodulin-binding proteins in cytoskeletal preparations. A monoclonal antibody against the 52000 Da subunit of CaM kinase II specifically labeled cytoskeletal elements in cortical neurons. These results indicate that CaM kinase II is associated with the neuronal cytoskeleton and may play a role in mediating some of the effects of calcium on cytoskeletal function.

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@article{Vallano1986AssociationOC, title={Association of calcium/calmodulin-dependent kinase with cytoskeletal preparations: phosphorylation of tubulin, neurofilament, and microtubule-associated proteins.}, author={Mary Lou Vallano and James R . Goldenring and Robert S. Lasher and Robert J Delorenzo}, journal={Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences}, year={1986}, volume={466}, pages={357-74} }