Alkaline phosphatase and protein kinase(s) activities in free cytoplasmic mRNPs from human term placenta

H. Lorberboum*, H. Galski, C. Scharf, D. Weinstein, N. de Groot, A. A. Hochberg

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Abstract

Free mRNPs isolated from human term placental tissue were examined for protein kinase and phosphoprotein-phosphatase activities. Free mRNPs incubated with [γ-32P]ATP in a protein kinase standard buffer show self-phosphorylation in the absence of exogenous substrates. Treatment of phosphorylated products with alkali showed a significant phosphorylation of tyrosine residues within the mRNP-proteins. An alkaline-phosphatase activity was found to be tightly associated with the mRNPs. Both heat stable and heat labile alkaline phosphatase activities were found in the mRNPs. Heat labile alkaline phosphatase is the major isoenzyme form of the mRNPs. The existence of both protein kinase(s) and alkaline phosphatase activities in placental free cytoplasmic mRNPs might suggest that a balance between phosphorylation, specifically on tyrosine residues, and dephosphorylation states of some of the mRNP-proteins is relevant for their physiological functions, and may therefore play a role in the regulation of mRNPs' metabolism and, consequently, in mRNA translation.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)29-35
Number of pages7
JournalMolecular Biology Reports
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1986

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