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Life Sci. 2003 Jan 10;72(8):961-76.

Molecular cloning and identification of a putative PKC epsilon cDNA from Limulus polyphemus brain.

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  • 1Department of Anatomy and Physiology, Meharry Medical College, 1005 D.B. Todd Blvd., Nashville, TN 37208, USA.


The protein kinase C (PKC) family of enzymes is broadly distributed and has been implicated in a diverse array of cellular functions. Recent evidence supporting PKC involvement in the regulation of the Limulus choline cotransporter prompted us to clone PKC from a Limulus central nervous system (CNS) cDNA library. An Aplysia californica calcium independent PKC (Apl II) cDNA probe was used to screen the library and 5' RACE SMART PCR was used to obtain the full-length sequence. The resulting cDNA, which included 5' and 3' nontranslation regions, was 4675 bp. Analysis of the encoded peptide sequence using the Swiss-prot database revealed at least 58% identity to PKC epsilon. A commercial polyclonal antibody against PKC epsilon was used in Western blots to positively label a 30 kDa protein from Limulus CNS and the expressed fusion protein of the encoded sequence. These data support the presence of a newly identified PKC-like homolog in Limulus which likely represents a PKC epsilon equivalent.

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