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Biochemistry. 1994 Mar 29;33(12):3714-21.

Calcium-binding properties of a calcium-dependent protein kinase from Plasmodium falciparum and the significance of individual calcium-binding sites for kinase activation.

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Department of Structural Biology, University of Basel, Switzerland.

Abstract

Calcium-dependent protein kinase from Plasmodium falciparum (PfCPK) is a multidomain protein composed of an N-terminal kinase domain connected via a linker region to a C-terminal CaM-like calcium-binding domain. The kinase can be activated by Ca2+ alone and associates with 45Ca2+. Here we describe the calcium-binding properties of the kinase and the significance of the individual calcium-binding sites with respect to enzymatic activation, as well as the Ca(2+)-induced conformational change as detected by circular dichroism. As predicted from the cDNA sequence, the kinase has four EF-hand calcium-binding sites in the C-terminal domain. To understand the roles of the individual calcium-binding sites, two series of mutations were generated at the individual EF-hand motifs. The highly conserved glutamic acid residue at position 12 in each calcium-binding loop was mutated to either lysine or glutamine, and therefore a total of eight mutants were generated. Either of these mutations (to lysine or glutamine) is sufficient to eliminate calcium binding at the mutated site. Sites I and II appear to be crucial for both Ca(2+)-induced conformational change and enzymatic activation. Whereas mutations at site II almost completely abolish kinase activity, mutations at site I are also deleterious and dramatically reduce the sensitivity of the Ca(2+)-induced conformational change and the Ca(2+)-dependent activation. Mutations at sites III and IV have minor effects.

PMID:
8142371
DOI:
10.1021/bi00178a031
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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