PMID: 6226665Nov 10, 1983

Significance of phosphorylation of phosphofructokinase

The Journal of Biological Chemistry
S KitajimaK Uyeda


In order to understand the effect of phosphorylation on phosphofructokinase, the allosteric kinetic behavior, ligand binding at various pHs, and pH-dependent cold inactivation of phosphofructokinase phosphorylated to different extents were studied. A subtilisin-digested phosphofructokinase from which a COOH-terminal peptide containing a phosphorylation site has been cleaved (Riquelme, P. T., and Kemp, R. G. (1980) J. Biol. Chem. 255, 4367-4371) was also included in these studies in order to investigate the possible role of this region of the molecule. Allosteric kinetics and direct binding experiments have shown that increasing phosphorylation of phosphofructokinase results in increased sensitivity to ATP inhibition and stronger binding of ATP to the inhibitory site of the enzyme. Ths subtilisin-cleaved phosphofructokinase is the least sensitive to the inhibition and shows the weakest binding of ATP. The opposite effect is observed with the binding isotherms of fructose-6-P. There is no difference in the binding of fructose-2,6-P2 among these enzymes. Binding of ATP to the inhibitory site of these enzymes as determined by fluorescence quenching (Pettigrew, D. W., and Frieden, C. (1979) J. Biol. Chem. 254, 1887-1895) is affected...Continue Reading

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