Phosphotyrosine and phosphoprotein phosphatase activity of alkaline phosphatase in mineralizing cartilage

Journal Article

We used embryonic skeletal cartilage known to have high levels of alkaline phosphatase activity to determine whether growing cartilage has phosphotyrosine phosphatase activity and phosphotyrosinyl histone phosphatase activity at physiologc pH. Embryonic chick pelvic cartilage and fetal pig scapular growth-plate cartilage were assayed using phosphotyrosine as substrate at pH 7.5 and the amount of tyrosine generated measured. Both cartilage models had Km for phosphotyrosine between 6 to 24 μmol/L. Phosphotyrosine phosphatase activity correlated with alkaline phosphatase activity as assessed by (1) distribution of histologic staining for alkaline phosphatase within the cartilages, (2) hormonal stimulation of cartilage alkaline phosphatase activity in vitro, (3) comparison of alkaline phosphatase and phosphotyrosine phosphatase activities in the presence of known inhibitors (vanadate, levamisole, homoarginine, and zinc), and (4) assaying chick epiphyseal cartilage alkaline phosphatase purified to homogeneity for phosphotyrosine phosphatase activity. Areas of cartilage with elevated alkaline phosphatase activity also had raised phosphotyrosine phosphatase activity. Triiodothyronine, a known stimulator of cartilage alkaline phosphatase, increased chick cartilage alkaline phosphatase activity 88% and phosphotyrosine phosphatase activity 106%, and stimulated porcine growth-plate cartilage alkaline phosphatase activity 91% and phosphotyrosine phosphatase activity 145% after 3 days of in vitro incubation. Each of the inhibitors block alkaline phosphatase and phosphotyrosine phosphatase activities. The purified alkaline phosphatase had a Km for phosphotyrosine of 18 μmol/L and Vmax of 5700 nmol tyrosine/mg protein/h, which is well over 1000-fold higher than the phosphotyrosine phosphatase activity found in the above preparations of pelvic and scapular cartilage. Furthermore, cartilage alkaline phosphatase dephosphorylated phosphotyrosinated histone and had little to no activity when histones phosphorylated at serine and threonine were used as substrate. Our studies support the hypothesis that alkaline phosphatase functions as a neutral phosphoprotein phosphatase, ie, a phosphotyrosine phosphatase, and is involved in the regulation of protein phosphorylation-dephosphorylation reactions. © 1985.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Burch, WM; Hamner, G; Wuthier, RE

Published Date

  • 1985

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 34 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 169 - 175

PubMed ID

  • 2982079

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0026-0495