Published Online: 3 MAY 2005
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Wishart, M. J. and Guan, K.-L. 2005. Protein Phosphatases. eLS. .
- Published Online: 3 MAY 2005
Eukaryotic protein phosphatases are generally classified according to substrate specificity and three-dimensional structure into two large groups: protein serine/threonine phosphatases, metalloproteins that dephosphorylate substrates via a single-step reaction involving a metal-activated water molecule, and protein tyrosine phosphatases, which contain an active-site cysteine thiolate that forms a phosphoenzyme intermediate prior to nucleophilic breakdown by an activated water.