Isoform-specific differences in the potencies of murine protein kinase inhibitors are due to nonconserved amino-terminal residues

J Biol Chem. 1995 Mar 31;270(13):7227-32. doi: 10.1074/jbc.270.13.7227.


We provide here a detailed characterization of two isoforms of the protein kinase inhibitor (PKI) protein of cAMP-dependent protein kinase that have dramatically different inhibition constants. Murine PKI beta 1 possesses a 32-fold higher Ki than murine PKI alpha as determined by Henderson analysis. This finding led to the investigation of C subunit.PKI interactions involving nonconserved regions in the carboxyl and amino termini of murine PKI alpha and PKI beta 1. Chimeric cDNAs coding for amino acid sequences from both PKI isoforms were constructed and expressed in bacteria. Surprisingly, exchanging the carboxyl-terminal two-thirds of PKI alpha and PKI beta 1 has relatively little effect on the inhibition constants of the two isoforms. Similarly, introducing amino acid residues corresponding to a beta-turn region of PKI alpha into PKI beta 1 fails to lower PKI beta 1 inhibition constants. However, introducing the amino-terminal alpha-helical region of PKI alpha into PKI beta 1 reduces the Ki and IC50 of PKI beta 1 to values identical with full length PKI alpha. Site-directed mutagenesis of specific residues within this region implicates the presence of a tyrosine at position 7 in PKI alpha as a major contributor to its enhanced inhibitory potency. The results of this study suggest that variations in C subunit.PKI interactions within an amino-terminal alpha-helix provide a major mechanism for altering the inhibitory properties of PKI isoforms.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Carrier Proteins / biosynthesis*
  • Carrier Proteins / chemistry*
  • Carrier Proteins / pharmacology
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • DNA Primers
  • Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins*
  • Kinetics
  • Maltose
  • Maltose-Binding Proteins
  • Mice
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Protein Kinase Inhibitors*
  • Protein Structure, Secondary
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins / biosynthesis
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins / chemistry
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins / pharmacology
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid


  • Carrier Proteins
  • DNA Primers
  • Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins
  • Maltose-Binding Proteins
  • Protein Kinase Inhibitors
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins
  • protein kinase modulator
  • Maltose