Identification and characterization of a phosphoinositide phosphate kinase homolog

J Biol Chem. 2004 Mar 19;279(12):11672-9. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M309721200. Epub 2003 Dec 30.


Phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PI(4,5)P(2)) plays a central role in regulating the actin cytoskeleton as a substrate for phosphoinositide 3-kinase and phospholipase C as well as by binding directly to proteins that control the processes of actin monomer sequestration, filament severing, capping, nucleation, cross-linking, and bundling (Ma, L., Cantley, L. C., Janmey, P. A., and Kirschner, M. W. (1998) J. Cell Biol. 140, 1125-1136; Hinchliffe, K. (2000) Curr. Biol. 10, R104-R1051). Three related phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate 5-kinases (PI(4)P 5-kinases) have been identified in mammalian cells (types Ialpha, Ibeta, and Igamma) and appear to play distinct roles in actin remodeling. Here we have identified a fourth member of this family by searching the human genome and EST data bases. This new protein, which we have designated phosphatidylinositol phosphate kinase homolog (PIPKH), is expressed at relatively high levels in brain and testis. Immunoprecipitates of PIPKH expressed in mammalian cells contain PI(4)P 5-kinase activity, but this activity is not affected by mutations in residues that inactivate other type I PI(4)P 5-kinases. We show that the PI(4)P 5-kinase activity in PIPKH immunoprecipitates can be explained by the ability of PIPKH to heterodimerize with other type I PI(4)P 5-kinases. Transfection of 293t cells with PIPKH resulted in >8-fold increase in total phosphatidylinositol 3,4,5-trisphosphate (PI(3,4,5)P(3)) without a significant net increase in total PI(4,5)P(2). When coexpressed with PIPKH, green fluorescent protein (GFP) fusion construct of the pleckstrin homology domain from Bruton's tyrosine kinase (GFP-BTK-PH) localized in intracellular vesicular structures, suggesting an unusual intracellular site of PI(3,4,5)P(3) production. Finally, expression of PIPKH induced the reorganization of actin from predominantly stress fibers to predominantly foci and comets similar to those observed previously in cells infected with the intracellular pathogen Listeria or transfected with recombinant PIPKIalpha. These results suggest that PIPKH acts as a scaffold to localize and regulate type I PI(4)P 5-kinases and the synthesis of PI(3,4,5)P(3).

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Blotting, Western
  • Brain / enzymology
  • Cell Line
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 9
  • DNA Primers
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Minor Histocompatibility Antigens
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Mutagenesis, Site-Directed
  • Phosphotransferases (Alcohol Group Acceptor) / chemistry
  • Phosphotransferases (Alcohol Group Acceptor) / genetics
  • Phosphotransferases (Alcohol Group Acceptor) / metabolism*
  • Protein Biosynthesis
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
  • Transcription, Genetic


  • DNA Primers
  • Minor Histocompatibility Antigens
  • Phosphotransferases (Alcohol Group Acceptor)
  • phosphatidylinositol phosphate 4-kinase

Associated data

  • GENBANK/AY376879