Identification of the Major Postsynaptic Density Protein as Homologous with the Major Calmodulin-Binding Subunit of a Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinase
Article first published online: 12 DEC 2006
Journal of Neurochemistry
Volume 42, Issue 4, pages 1077–1084, April 1984
How to Cite
Goldenring, J. R., McGuire, J. S. and DeLorenzo, R. J. (1984), Identification of the Major Postsynaptic Density Protein as Homologous with the Major Calmodulin-Binding Subunit of a Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinase. Journal of Neurochemistry, 42: 1077–1084. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-4159.1984.tb12713.x
- Issue published online: 12 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 12 DEC 2006
- Received May 27. 1983; accepted October 20, 1983.
- Tubulin kinase;
- Postsynaptic density;
- Protein phosphorylation;
Abstract: The major postsynaptic density protein (mPSDp), comprising >50% of postsynaptic density (PSD) protein, is an endogenous substrate for calmodulin-dependent phosphorylation as well as a calmodulin-binding protein in PSD preparations. The results in this investigation indicate that mPSDp is highly homologous with the major calmodulin-binding subunit (p) of tubulin-associated calmodulin-dependent kinase (TACK), and that PSD fractions also contain a protein homologous with the o-subunit of TACK. Homologies between mPSDp and a 63,000 dalton PSD protein and the p- and ó-subunits of TACK were established by the following criteria: (1) identical apparent molecular weights: (2) identical calmodulin-binding properties; (3) manifestation of Ca2+ -calmodulin-stimulated autophosphorylation; (4)identical isoelectric points; (5) identical calmodulin binding and autophosphorylation patterns on two-dimensional gels; (6) homologous two-dimensional tryptic peptide maps; and (7) similar phosphoamino acid-specific phosphorylation of tubulin. The results suggest that mPSDp is a calmodulin-binding protein involved in modulating protein kinase activity in the postsynaptic density and that a tubulin kinase system homologous with TACK exists in a membrane-bound form in the PSD.