Protein kinase FA/glycogen synthase kinase-3 predominantly phosphorylates the in vivo site Thr97-Pro in brain myelin basic protein: evidence for Thr-Pro and Ser-Arg-X-X-Ser as consensus sequence motifs

J Neurochem. 1994 Apr;62(4):1596-603. doi: 10.1046/j.1471-4159.1994.62041596.x.


In a previous study, protein kinase FA/glycogen synthase kinase-3 (FA/GSK-3) was identified as a myelin basic protein (MBP) kinase associated with intact brain myelin. In this report, the phosphorylation sites of MBP by kinase FA/GSK-3 were further determined by two-dimensional electrophoresis/TLC, phosphoamino acid analysis, tryptic peptide mapping, Edman degradation, and direct sequencing. Kinase FA/GSK-3 phosphorylates MBP on both threonine and serine residues. Three tryptic phosphopeptide peaks were resolved by C18 reverse-phase HPLC. Sequential manual Edman degradation together with direct sequence analysis revealed that T(p)PPPSQGK is the phosphorylation site sequence for the first major phosphopeptide peak. When mapping with the bovine brain MBP sequence, we finally demonstrate Thr97-Pro, one of the in vivo phosphorylation sites in MBP, as the major site phosphorylated by kinase FA/GSK-3, implicating a physiologically relevant role of FA/GSK-3 in the regulation of brain myelin function. By using the same approach, we also identified NIVT94(p)PR as the phosphorylation site sequence in the second major tryptic phosphopeptide derived from [32P]MBP phosphorylated by kinase FA/GSK-3, further indicating that kinase FA/GSK-3 represents a Thr-Pro motif-directed MBP kinase involved in the phosphorylation of brain myelin.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Binding Sites
  • Brain / enzymology*
  • Calcium-Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinases / metabolism*
  • Cattle
  • Consensus Sequence*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Myelin Basic Protein / metabolism*
  • Peptide Fragments / chemistry
  • Peptide Fragments / metabolism
  • Phosphorylation
  • Proline / metabolism*
  • Sequence Analysis
  • Swine
  • Threonine / metabolism*
  • Trypsin / metabolism


  • Myelin Basic Protein
  • Peptide Fragments
  • Threonine
  • Proline
  • Calcium-Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinases
  • Trypsin