Op18 is a widely expressed, cell cycle-regulated, phosphoprotein involved in signal transduction of a variety of stimuli. In actively proliferating Jurkat T cells which express Op18 at high level, phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) treatment induces a rapid increase in the level of several Op18 phosphorylated forms. To determine phosphorylation sites involved in the PMA effect, the major Op18 phosphorylated forms were resolved in Jurkat T cells, before and after treatment with PMA, using preparative immobilized pH gradient-based two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. Tryptic fragments of phosphorylated Op18 were analyzed by two-dimensional thin layer peptide mapping and were resolved by reverse-phase high performance liquid chromatography prior to analysis by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry. Phosphorylation sites were identified by further treatment of the proteolytic fragments with different enzymes and determination of the mass shifts by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry. Two major phosphorylation sites were identified. Low constitutive levels of phosphorylation at Ser25 and Ser38 in Op18a and Op18b was demonstrated. Treatment with PMA resulted in enhanced phosphorylation of Ser25 in Op18a and of both Ser25 and Ser38 in Op18b. Taken together with prior studies of Op18 phosphorylation, the data suggest that Op18 phosphorylation occurs at identical sites in different tissues and organisms.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of Biological Chemistry|
|Publication status||Published - 1993 Jul 5|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology