30 KDa phosphorylated form of Bcl-2 protein in human colon

Oncogene. 1996 Jun 20;12(12):2605-9.


Bcl-2 expression was studied in a human colon cell line (HT-29) and in human colonic biopsies by Western and Northern blotting. Polyclonal antibodies raised against the Bcl-2 protein detected the expected 26 KDa protein in human colon. However, although Bcl-2 mRNA was present, the 26 KDa Bcl-2 protein was absent in HT-29 cells. Instead, a 30 KDa protein band strongly reacting with anti-Bcl-2 antibodies was found in HT-29 cells, and also in human colon, tonsil, and some other tissues. Alkaline phosphatase shifted the 30 KDa protein to the 26 KDa position in a time-dependent manner. 32P-labeling of HT-29 cells showed that the 30 KDa protein was phosphorylated. A 27 KDa phosphorylated protein was also immunoprecipitated by anti-Bcl-2 antibody. Phosphopeptide mapping showed that the 27 KDa protein contained a minimum of 3 and the 30 KDa protein at least an additional four phosphorylation sites. Phosphoamino acid analysis revealed that both the 30 KDa and 27 KDa proteins were phosphorylated on serine residues. These findings strongly suggest that the 30 KDa protein is a phosphorylated form of Bcl-2, which is widely distributed in human tissues.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Binding Sites
  • Blotting, Northern
  • Blotting, Western
  • Chymotrypsin / chemistry
  • Chymotrypsin / metabolism
  • Colonic Neoplasms / chemistry*
  • Colonic Neoplasms / pathology
  • Humans
  • Phosphoproteins / genetics
  • Phosphoproteins / metabolism
  • Phosphorylation
  • Precipitin Tests
  • Protein Biosynthesis
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins / genetics
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins / immunology
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins / metabolism*
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-bcl-2
  • RNA, Messenger / biosynthesis
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured


  • Phosphoproteins
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-bcl-2
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Chymotrypsin