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J Biol Chem. 1997 Nov 14;272(46):29200-6.

The coatomer protein beta'-COP, a selective binding protein (RACK) for protein kinase Cepsilon.

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  • 1Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California 94305-5332, USA.


Distinct subcellular localization of activated protein kinase C (PKC) isozymes is mediated by their binding to isozyme-specific RACKs (receptors for activated C-kinase). Our laboratory has previously isolated one such protein, RACK1, and demonstrated that this protein displays specificity for PKCbeta. We have recently shown that at least part of the PKCepsilon RACK-binding site on PKCepsilon lies within the unique V1 region of this isozyme (Johnson, J. A., Gray, M. O., Chen, C.-H., and Mochly-Rosen, D. (1996) J. Biol. Chem. 271, 24962-24966). Here, we have used the PKCepsilon V1 region to clone a PKCepsilon-selective RACK, which was identified as the COPI coatomer protein, beta'-COP. Similar to RACK1, beta'-COP contains seven repeats of the WD40 motif and fulfills the criteria previously established for RACKs. Activated PKCepsilon colocalizes with beta'-COP in cardiac myocytes and binds to Golgi membranes in a beta'-COP-dependent manner. A role for PKC in control of secretion has been previously suggested, but this is the first report of direct protein/protein interaction of PKCepsilon with a protein involved in vesicular trafficking.

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