Author(s): Danko SJ, Markwell JP
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Abstract Protein kinase activity was detected in osmotically lysed mitochondria isolated from etiolated seedlings of corn, pea, soybean, and wheat, as well as from potato tubers. Ther kinase(s) phosphorylated both endogenous polypeptides and exogenous, nonmitochondrial proteins when supplied with ATP and Mg(2+). Eight to fifteen endogenous mitochondrial polypeptides were phosphorylated. The major mitochondrial polypeptide labeled in all species migrated during denaturing electrophoresis with an apparent monomeric molecular weight of 47,000. Incorporation of phosphate into endogenous proteins appeared to be biphasic, being most rapid during the first 1 to 2 minutes but slower thereafter. The kinase activity was greatest at neutral and alkaline pH values and utilized ATP with a K(m) of approximately 200 micromolar. The kinase was markedly inhibited by CaCl(2) but was essentially unaffected by NaF, calmodulin, oligomycin, or cAMP. These data suggest that plant mitochondrial protein phosphorylation may be similar to protein phosphorylation in animal mitochondria.
This article was published in Plant Physiol
and referenced in Journal of Biodiversity, Bioprospecting and Development