A Role for the Ppz Ser/Thr Protein Phosphatases in the Regulation of Translation Elongation Factor 1Bα

Journal Article

In vivo 32P-labeled yeast proteins from wild type and ppz1 ppz2 phosphatase mutants were resolved by bidimensional electrophoresis. A prominent phosphoprotein, which in ppz mutants showed a marked shift to acidic regions, was identified by mixed peptide sequencing as the translation elongation factor 1Bα (formerly eEF1β. An equivalent shift was detected in cells overexpressing HAL3, a inhibitory regulatory subunit of Ppz1. Subsequent analysis identified the conserved Ser-86 as the in vivo phosphorylatable residue and showed that its phosphorylation was increased in ppz cells. Pull-down experiments using a glutathione S-transferase (GST)-EF1Bα fusion version allowed to identify Ppz1 as an in vivo interacting protein. Cells lacking Ppz display a higher tolerance to known translation inhibitors, such as hygromycin and paromomycin, and enhanced readthrough at all three nonsense codons, suggesting that translational fidelity might be affected. Overexpression of a GST-EF1Bα fusion counteracted the growth defect associated to high levels of Ppz1 and this effect was essentially lost when the phosphorylatable Ser-86 is replaced by Ala. Therefore, the Ppz phosphatases appear to regulate the phosphorylation state of EF1Bα in yeast, and this may result in modification of the translational accuracy.

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Cited Authors

  • Nadal, ED; Fadden, RP; Ruiz, A; Haystead, T; Ariño, J

Published Date

  • 2001

Published In

  • Journal of Biological Chemistry

Volume / Issue

  • 276 / 18

Start / End Page

  • 14829 - 14834

PubMed ID

  • 11278758

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1074/jbc.M010824200