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Eur J Biochem. 1991 Sep 15;200(3):805-10.

Expression and characterization of protein kinase C-delta.

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Protein Phosphorylation Laboratory, Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London, England.


A cDNA encoding protein kinase C-delta (PKC-delta) was isolated from a rat brain library. The coding region was subcloned into the expression vector pmt2 and transfected into COS-1 cells. Expression of the protein led to an 11-fold increase in activity as determined with a synthetic peptide based on the PKC-delta pseudosubstrate site. The Mr of PKC-delta as determined by SDS/PAGE and immunoblot analysis using anti-(PKC-delta C-terminal) antibodies was 77,000. The enzyme was purified to near homogeneity and showed total dependency on phospholipid and diacylglycerol (or phorbol esters) for activity. Like PKC-epsilon, PKC-delta displays no Ca2+ dependence for activation. The substrate specificity of PCK-delta is similar to that of PKC-epsilon but quite different from other PKCs.

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