Myosin light chain phosphorylation in aortic smooth muscle homogenate reached a maximal level of 0.75 mol phosphate/mol light chain, and then declined. Addition of okadaic acid led to a sustained phosphorylation level of 1.7 mol/mol. In the absence of okadaic acid, phosphorylation was predominantly due to myosin light chain kinase, whereas in the presence of okadaic acid both myosin light chain kinase and protein kinase C were involved in phosphorylation. Okadaic acid inhibited dephosphorylation of the distinct sites in LC phosphorylated by either myosin light chain kinase or protein kinase C, suggesting that it exerts its effect through inhibition of myosin light chain phosphatases present in aortic homogenate.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|Publication status||Published - May 31 1988|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology