Identification of the endogenous smooth muscle myosin phosphatase-associated kinase.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Ca(2+) sensitization of smooth muscle contraction involves inhibition of myosin light chain phosphatase (SMPP-1M) and enhanced myosin light chain phosphorylation. Inhibition of SMPP-1M is modulated through phosphorylation of the myosin targeting subunit (MYPT1) by either Rho-associated kinase (ROK) or an unknown SMPP-1M-associated kinase. Activated ROK is predominantly membrane-associated and its putative substrate, SMPP-1M, is mainly myofibrillar-associated. This raises a conundrum about the mechanism of interaction between these enzymes. We present ZIP-like kinase, identified by "mixed-peptide" Edman sequencing after affinity purification, as the previously unidentified SMPP-1M-associated kinase. ZIP-like kinase was shown to associate with MYPT1 and phosphorylate the inhibitory site in intact smooth muscle. Phosphorylation of ZIP-like kinase was associated with an increase in kinase activity during carbachol stimulation, suggesting that the enzyme may be a terminal member of a Ca(2+) sensitizing kinase cascade.

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Cited Authors

  • MacDonald, JA; Borman, MA; Murányi, A; Somlyo, AV; Hartshorne, DJ; Haystead, TA

Published Date

  • February 27, 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 98 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 2419 - 2424

PubMed ID

  • 11226254

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC30153

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0027-8424

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1073/pnas.041331498


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States