Specific kinase activity and phosphorylation state of pp60(c-src) from neuroblastomas and fibroblasts

X. Yang, G. Walter

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Several tumor lines of neuronal origin were assayed for the presence of two forms of pp60(c-src), designated pp60 and pp60+. To determine the specific kinase activity of pp60 and pp60+, an enzymatic analysis was carried out with neurblastoma LA-N-5, containing a high level of pp60+, neuroblastoma SK-N-SH, containing a low level of pp60+, fibroblast FSD, containing pp60 but no pp60+, and Rous sarcoma virus transformed 3T3 cells, SR-3T3, containing pp60(v-src). Km values for Mg2+-ATP of approximately 21, 8, 17 and 13 μM were determined for pp60(src) kinase from LA-N-5, SK-N-SH, FSD and SR-3T3 respectively, using enolase as a substrate. The Vmax values for pp60(c-src) kinase from LA-N-5, SK-N-SH and FSD were similar. The Vmax value of pp60(v-src) was about 50-fold higher. Thirteen distinct phosphopeptides were found in tryptic digests from pp60 and pp60+ labeled in vivo with [32P]. The presence of one phosphopeptide, derived from the N-terminus, correlated with the level of pp60+ in neuroblastoma cells, but a small amount of this peptide was also detected in fibroblasts. Only phosphoserine was detected in the N-terminus of pp60 and pp60+. Our data strongly suggest that the six extra amino acids, present in pp60+ but not in pp60, do not significantly alter the specific kinase activity of pp60+, but might influence its phosphorylation state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-244
Number of pages8
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cancer Research


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