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Biochem Int. 1988 Jul;17(1):51-8.

Comparison of phosphorylation sites in protamines between protein kinase C and cAMP-dependent protein kinase.

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  • 1Department of Biology, Kobe University School of Allied Medical Sciences, Japan.


Phosphorylation sites of protamines by protein kinase C and cAMP-dependent protein kinase (protein kinase A) were studied. Using clupeine Y1 as a substrate, protein kinase C phosphorylates both Ser and Thr residues, whereas protein kinase A phosphorylates only Ser residue(s). Protein kinase C phosphorylates all Ser and Thr residues of clupeine Y2 and Z, however protein kinase A phosphorylates mainly Ser9 and slightly Thr5 in clupeine Y2 and Ser6 and Ser10 in clupeine Z. These results suggest that protein kinase C recognizes more sites than those of protein kinase A and may participate in protamine phosphorylation in vivo.

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