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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. Dec 20, 1994; 91(26): 13042–13046.

Cloning and expression of a cytoskeleton-associated diacylglycerol kinase that is dominantly expressed in cerebellum.


A third species of diacylglycerol kinase (EC cDNA was cloned from a rat brain cDNA library. The isolated cDNA encoded a 788-amino acid, 88-kDa polypeptide. This isozyme shared 58% identity with the previously isolated rat 80-kDa and 90-kDa diacylglycerol kinases. EF hand motifs, cysteine-rich zinc finger-like sequences, and putative ATP-binding site were all conserved among these isozymes. The 88-kDa diacylglycerol kinase was expressed specifically in brain and localized predominantly in cerebellar Purkinje cells. This isozyme was associated equally with particulate and supernatant fractions in cDNA-transfected COS-7 cells and dominantly with the particulate fraction in the brain. After Triton X-100 extraction, this isozyme remained in the detergent-insoluble cytoskeletal fraction of the brain and transfected COS-7 cells.

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