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Structure. 2003 Jun;11(6):627-36.

Catalytically active MAP KAP kinase 2 structures in complex with staurosporine and ADP reveal differences with the autoinhibited enzyme.

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Department of Biological Chemistry, Wyeth Research, 87 Cambridge Park Drive, Cambridge, MA 02140, USA.


MAP KAP kinase 2 (MK2), a Ser/Thr kinase, plays a crucial role in the inflammatory process. We have determined the crystal structures of a catalytically active C-terminal deletion form of human MK2, residues 41-364, in complex with staurosporine at 2.7 A and with ADP at 3.2 A, revealing overall structural similarity with other Ser/Thr kinases. Kinetic analysis reveals that the K(m) for ATP is very similar for MK2 41-364 and p38-activated MK2 41-400. Conversely, the catalytic rate and binding for peptide substrate are dramatically reduced in MK2 41-364. However, phosphorylation of MK2 41-364 by p38 restores the V(max) and K(m) for peptide substrate to values comparable to those seen in p38-activated MK2 41-400, suggesting a mechanism for regulation of enzyme activity.

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