Cloning and characterization of two human VIP1-like inositol hexakisphosphate and diphosphoinositol pentakisphosphate kinases

J Biol Chem. 2007 Oct 19;282(42):30754-62. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M704656200. Epub 2007 Aug 9.


Eukaryotes possess numerous inositol phosphate (IP) and diphosphoinositol phosphate (PP-IPs or inositol pyrophosphates) species that act as chemical codes important for intracellular signaling pathways. Production of IP and PP-IP molecules occurs through several classes of evolutionarily conserved inositol phosphate kinases. Here we report the characterization of a human inositol hexakisphosphate (IP6) and diphosphoinositol pentakisphosphate (PP-IP5 or IP7) kinase with similarity to the yeast enzyme Vip1, a recently identified IP6/IP7 kinase (Mulugu, S., Bai, W., Fridy, P. C., Bastidas, R. J., Otto, J. C., Dollins, D. E., Haystead, T. A., Ribeiro, A. A., and York, J. D. (2007) Science 316, 106-109). Recombinant human VIP1 exhibits in vitro IP6 and IP7 kinase activities and restores IP7 synthesis when expressed in mutant yeast. Expression of human VIP1 in HEK293T cells engineered to produce high levels of IP7 results in dramatic increases in bisdiphosphoinositol tetrakisphosphate (PP2-IP4 or IP8). Northern blot analysis indicates that human VIP1 is expressed in a variety of tissues and is enriched in skeletal muscle, heart, and brain. The subcellular distribution of tagged human VIP1 is indicative of a cytoplasmic non-membrane localization pattern. We also characterized human and mouse VIP2, an additional gene product with nearly 90% similarity to VIP1 in the kinase domain, and observed both IP6 and IP7 kinase activities. Our data demonstrate that human VIP1 and VIP2 function as IP6 and IP7 kinases that act along with the IP6K/Kcs1-class of kinases to convert IP6 to IP8 in mammalian cells, a process that has been found to occur in response to various stimuli and signaling events.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • Cytosol / enzymology
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Enzymologic / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Inositol Phosphates / biosynthesis*
  • Mice
  • Organ Specificity / physiology
  • Phosphotransferases (Phosphate Group Acceptor) / biosynthesis*
  • Phosphotransferases (Phosphate Group Acceptor) / genetics
  • Protein Structure, Tertiary
  • Recombinant Proteins / biosynthesis*
  • Recombinant Proteins / genetics
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
  • Signal Transduction / physiology*


  • Inositol Phosphates
  • Recombinant Proteins
  • Phosphotransferases (Phosphate Group Acceptor)
  • diphosphoinositol pentakisphosphate kinase
  • inositol hexakisphosphate kinase