Single-well monitoring of protein-protein interaction and phosphorylation-dephosphorylation events

Biochemistry. 2010 Apr 20;49(15):3213-5. doi: 10.1021/bi100253p.


We combined oxygen channeling assays with two distinct chemiluminescent beads to detect simultaneously protein phosphorylation and interaction events that are usually monitored separately. This novel method was tested in the ERK1/2 MAP kinase pathway. It was first used to directly monitor dissociation of MAP kinase ERK2 from MEK1 upon phosphorylation and to evaluate MAP kinase phosphatase (MKP) selectivity and mechanism of action. In addition, MEK1 and ERK2 were probed with an ATP competitor and an allosteric MEK1 inhibitor, which generated distinct phosphorylation-interaction patterns. Simultaneous monitoring of protein-protein interactions and substrate phosphorylation can provide significant mechanistic insight into enzyme activity and small molecule action.

MeSH terms

  • Adenosine Triphosphate / metabolism
  • Binding, Competitive
  • Extracellular Signal-Regulated MAP Kinases / metabolism
  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase 3 / metabolism
  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases / metabolism
  • Oxygen Consumption
  • Phosphorylation
  • Proteins / chemistry
  • Proteins / metabolism*


  • Proteins
  • Adenosine Triphosphate
  • Extracellular Signal-Regulated MAP Kinases
  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase 3
  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases