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J Biol Chem. 1983 Jun 25;258(12):7883-6.

Extensive cAMP-dependent and cAMP-independent phosphorylation of microtubule-associated protein 2.


Microtubule-associated protein 2 (MAP 2) is the major substrate for phosphorylation in purified preparations of brain microtubules. In earlier work, we showed that phosphorylation is catalyzed by a type II cAMP-dependent protein kinase tightly associated with MAP 2 itself. In the present study, we have examined the extent of MAP 2 phosphorylation by its associated protein kinase. Using an inorganic phosphate assay, we found that MAP 2 contained from 8 to 13 mol of phosphate/mol of protein as isolated. The catalytic subunit of the MAP 2-associated kinase catalyzed the incorporation of additional phosphate to a final level of 20-22 mol/mol of MAP 2. Potato acid phosphatase was used to remove phosphate from MAP 2. Rephosphorylation of acid phosphatase-treated MAP 2 resulted in maximal incorporation of 13 mol of phosphate/mol of MAP 2. The rates and extent of [32P] phosphate incorporation into as isolated and dephosphorylated MAP 2 were found to be identical, and phosphate was incorporated into identical peptides in the two preparations. These results were interpreted to indicate that MAP 2 contains as many as 13 cAMP-dependent phosphorylation sites, and approximately eight phosphates of as yet undetermined origin.

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