Adenovirus DNA polymerase is a phosphoprotein

J Biol Chem. 1993 Jan 5;268(1):442-8.


Biological activities of many of the eukaryotic DNA replication proteins are modulated by protein phosphorylation. Investigations of the phosphorylation of adenovirus DNA polymerase (AdPol) have been difficult mainly because of its low level of synthesis in adenovirus-infected HeLa cells. However, when AdPol was overproduced using the recombinant vaccinia virus (RV-AdPol) and the baculovirus expression systems, or by a large scale metabolic labeling of adenovirus 2-infected HeLa cells (native AdPol), in vivo phosphorylation of AdPol could be demonstrated. Phosphoamino acid analysis of [32P]AdPol indicated the presence of phosphoserine independent of the source of AdPol. Comparison of tryptic peptide maps of native AdPol and RV-AdPol revealed that the majority of phosphopeptides were common. Fractionation by high performance liquid chromatography and sequencing of one of the major phosphopeptides revealed serine 67 as a site of phosphorylation. Interestingly, this site is located close to the nuclear localization signal of AdPol and has a consensus substrate recognition sequence for histone H1 (cdc2-related) kinases and mitogen-activated protein kinases. Dephosphorylation of AdPol with calf intestinal alkaline phosphatase resulted in significant decrease in its activity in the in vitro DNA replication initiation assay, suggesting that phosphorylation is important for its biological activity.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adenoviruses, Human / enzymology*
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Amino Acids / analysis
  • Animals
  • Baculoviridae / genetics
  • Cell Line
  • Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid
  • DNA Replication
  • DNA-Directed DNA Polymerase / chemistry*
  • DNA-Directed DNA Polymerase / isolation & purification
  • DNA-Directed DNA Polymerase / metabolism
  • Electrophoresis, Gel, Two-Dimensional
  • HeLa Cells
  • Humans
  • Insecta
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Peptide Mapping
  • Phosphopeptides / chemistry
  • Phosphopeptides / isolation & purification
  • Phosphoproteins / chemistry*
  • Phosphoproteins / isolation & purification
  • Phosphoproteins / metabolism
  • Transfection
  • Trypsin
  • Vaccinia virus / genetics


  • Amino Acids
  • Phosphopeptides
  • Phosphoproteins
  • DNA-Directed DNA Polymerase
  • Trypsin