Phosphorylation and inactivation of glycogen synthase by phosphorylase kinase

T. R. Soderling, A. K. Srivastava, M. A. Bass, B. S. Khatra

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Skeletal muscle glycogen a4-synthase (EC has been purified free of all synthase kinase and phosphatase activities by chromatography on a Glc-N-6-P-Sepharose affinity column and then on a phosphocellulose column. This preparation of glycogen synthase was tested as a substrate for purified skeletal muscle phosphorylase kinase (ATP:phosphorylase-b phosphotransferase. EC Phosphorylase kinase (1-10 μg/ml or 0.03-0.3 μM) catalyzes rapid phosphorylation of glycogen synthase (4.5 μM) associated with conversion of the active a form to the less active b form. In the reaction, >95% of the 32P incorporation from [γ-32P]ATP goes into the synthase subunit almost exclusively in the trypsin-insensitive region which is responsible for synthase a-to-b conversion. Synthase phosphorylation or inactivation catalyzed by phosphorylase kinase is blocked by ethylene glycol bis(β-aminoethyl ether)-N,N,N',N'-tetraacetic acid, is ATP dependent, is 10-fold more rapid at pH 8.6 than at pH 6.8, and is increased 10-fold by prior activation of the phosphorylase kinase with MgATP and cyclic AMP. With activated phosphorylase kinase at pH 8.2 the apparent K(m) and V(max) are approximately 70μM and 4 μmol/min per mg with glycogen synthase as substrate and 70 μM and 9 μmol/min per mg with phosphorylase as substrate. It is concluded that glycogen synthase is a substrate in vitro for phosphorylase kinase, a Ca2+-dependent enzyme. The possible physiological significance of this reaction is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2536-2540
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes

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