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Biochemistry. 1992 Sep 8;31(35):8120-4.

p65 fragments, homologous to the C2 region of protein kinase C, bind to the intracellular receptors for protein kinase C.

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  • 1Department of Neurology, Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center, University of California, San Francisco 94110.


Receptors for activated protein kinase C (RACKs) have been isolated from the particulate cell fraction of heart and brain. We previously demonstrated that binding of protein kinase C (PKC) to RACKs requires PKC activators and is via a site on PKC that is distinct from the substrate binding site. Here, we examine the possibility that the C2 region in the regulatory domain of PKC is involved in binding of PKC to RACKs. The synaptic vesicle-specific p65 protein contains two regions homologous to the C2 region of PKC. We found that three p65 fragments, containing either one or two of these PKC C2 homologous regions, bound to highly purified RACKs. Binding of the p65 fragments and PKC to RACKs was mutually exclusive; preincubation of RACKs with the p65 fragments inhibited PKC binding, and preincubation of RACKs with PKC inhibited binding of the p65 fragments. Preincubation of the p65 fragments with a peptide resembling the PKC binding site on RACKs also inhibited p65 binding to RACKs, suggesting that PKC and p65 bind to the same or nearby regions on RACKs. Since the only homologous region between PKC and the p65 fragments is the C2 region, these results suggest that the C2 region on PKC contains at least part of the RACK binding site.

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