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Biol Chem. 2012 Mar;393(3):149-60. doi: 10.1515/hsz-2011-0209.

Nucleocytoplasmic shuttling of human inositol phosphate multikinase is influenced by CK2 phosphorylation.

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Institute of Biochemistry and Signal Transduction, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Martinistrasse 52, D-20246 Hamburg, Germany.


Human inositol phosphate multikinase (IPMK) is a multifunctional protein in cellular signal transduction, namely, a multispecific inositol phosphate kinase, phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase, and a scaffold within the mTOR-raptor complex. To fulfill these nuclear and cytoplasmic functions, intracellular targeting of IPMK needs to be regulated. We show here that IPMK, which has been considered to be a preferentially nuclear protein, is a nucleocytoplasmic shuttling protein, whose nuclear export is mediated by classical nuclear export receptor CRM1. We identified a functional nuclear export signal (NES) additionally to its previously described nuclear import signal (NLS). Furthermore, we describe a mechanism by which the activity of the IPMK-NLS is controlled. Protein kinase CK2 binds endogenous IPMK and phosphorylates it at serine 284. Interestingly, this phosphorylation can decrease nuclear localization of IPMK cell type specifically. A controlled nuclear import of IPMK may direct its actions either toward nuclear inositol phosphate (InsPx) metabolism or cytoplasmic actions on InsPx, phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate [PtdIns(4,5)P₂], as well as mTOR-raptor.

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